Calcutta, Aug 2 (PTI): West Bengal may soon be renamed as 'Bengal', with the state Cabinet on Tuesday deciding to change the name of the state.
Minister Partha Chatterjee said the Cabinet took up a proposal to rename the state as 'Bengal' in English and 'Bongo' or 'Bangla' in Bengali.
Citing examples of other states such as Odisha and cities such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, he said the word 'Bengal' has the state's culture and heritage associated with it.
Earlier, the state government had sent a proposal to the Centre for renaming West Bengal as 'Paschim Bongo', but that never got the green signal. That name would have moved the state only about a quarter of the alphabetical list of state names.
”Now we are giving a new proposal and will convene a special session of the assembly on August 26 to pass a resolution to this effect,” Chatterjee said.
Another reason for changing the name of the state is that whenever there is any meeting of all states, West Bengal comes at the bottom of the list alphabetically.
”Our CM gets to speak last. There is little time left,” a minister pointed out.
Secretariat officials said changing the name would require approval of Parliament.