‘West Bengal’ wants name change for climbing up in alphabetical order
The West Bengal assembly has approved changing the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ in all languages. At present, the state is called ‘Paschim Banga’ or ‘Paschim Bangla’ in Bengali. The name was suggested in 1999. Earlier, the Mamata Banerjee government cleared different names for Bangla in Hindi and English. However, the move was stalled by the centre two years back. The fact that the state appears at the bottom in the alphabetical listing of the state is one reason the chief minister is angling for the name change. In 2011, the previous Left Front government led by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had cleared the renaming of the state to Paschimbanga. However, it was never cleared by the centre.