Assembly Resolution to Change name “West Bengal” to “Bangla”


West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to change name of state to ‘Bangla’

On 29th August, 2016, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution for changing the name of the State to ‘Bengal’ (English) and ‘Bangla’ (Bengali). Consent of the Parliament is necessary to change the name with effect. The resolution, under Rule 169 of the rules of procedures of the House, was passed by a voice vote. It was passed by 189-31 votes. The resolution was moved by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sri Partha Chatterjee. Speaking on the motion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “The name Bangla has a historical and cultural background. I don’t have any problem with the name ‘Bango’ either, but majority of the people want the name ‘Bangla’. In English the name will be ‘Bengal’ so that there remains no confusion with the name of the neighbouring country Bangladesh.