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The government of West Bengal and the oppositions decided to rename the state West Bengal as Paschim Banga on Friday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggested the new name and unanimity was reached on it. The chief minister presided over the meeting attended by Trinamool Congress, besides all Congress and Socialist Unity Centre of India, Left Front constituents Communist Party of India – Marxist, Communist Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Forward Bloc as also Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, among other parties.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee announced the news on Friday. He said, “It has been unanimously decided by all the parties under the leadership of our chief minister Mamata Banerjee that from now onwards West Bengal will be called Paschim Banga. From now onwards, in English also, the name of our state will be written as Paschim Banga. While considering the name, we considered all the aspects including administrative, historical and social aspects. The letter ‘W’ in West Bengal came almost at the end of the alphabet and this resulted in a disadvantage for the state.”
Opposition leader Mr. Surya Kanta Mishra said, “We have agreed with the state government regarding the renaming of West Bengal into Paschim Banga.”
In the past also, similar moves were taken to rename West Bengal – once in 1974 during Congress rule and later in 1999 when the Left Front was in power. The moves did not mature due to various reasons.
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