The proposal was cleared weeks after it was put forward by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In 2011, the state government sent a proposal to the Centre to rename West Bengal as “Paschim Bango”, but that never got approved. Another reason for changing the name is that whenever there is any meeting of all states, West Bengal comes at the bottom of the list alphabetically, according to Zee News.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee had then said ”For the sake of the state’s people and its culture as well as to protect its interests, we have proposed to rename West Bengal as Bengal in English and ‘Bango’ or `Bangla` in Bengali.”
In Bengali, the state is still being currently referred to as “Paschim Banga” or “Paschim Bangla”.
However, the state assembly has done its job, but the actual renaming of the state now requires an approval of Parliament. The renaming exercise has attracted mixed reactions from people across the society with some frowning on the move and some giving the thumbs up.
Meanwhile, Sahitya Akademi award winning author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay said that the move was not rechristening, rather reinstating the state’s original name. “The name West Bengal is meaningless. The state was known as Bangabhoomi, but its name got changed as West Bengal after Partition,” he said.