The All-Party meeting held in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Friday failed to arrive at a consensus over the proposal to change the name of the state. The state government is going to table the proposal for changing the state’s name at the special Assembly session on August 26. As passed in the state cabinet meeting, the proposed name is ‘Bangla’ or ‘Banga’ in Bengali, and ‘Bengal’ in English.
It may be mentioned that this is the second time that the Mamata Banerjee government is going ahead with a proposal to change the name of the state. It was just a few months after coming to power in 2011 that the state government had approached the Centre with their proposal of changing the name of West Bengal to ‘Paschim Banga’.
There will be a special Assembly session only to discuss this issue. On the first day of the session, which will begin on August 26, homage will be paid to Mahasweta Devi and the proposal of changing the state’s name will be discussed on August 29 and 30. With its name as West Bengal, the state is at present in the 28th position alphabetically.
Congress’ Abdul Mannan, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly said no consensus could be arrived at on Friday’s meeting, with the Opposition parties refusing to accept the state government’s proposal.
Dilip Ghosh, state BJP president said the party would oppose the state government’s move to change the name. “It is unfortunate that instead of going to the people, the state government is trying to push the matter and getting clearance in the Assembly by sheer numerical majority.”