West Bengal to be renamed as Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English

Aug 31, 2016 09:01 IST

West BengalThe West Bengal State Assembly on 29 August 2016 passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla in Bengali, Bengal in English and Bangal in Hindi.

The resolution was moved by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee under rule 169 of the rules of procedures of the House. The resolution was passed by a voice vote.

However, the move to change the name was opposed by the opposition Congress, BJP and Left Front.

In Bengali, the state is currently referred to as Paschim Banga or Paschim Bangla.

In 2011, the State Government had sent a proposal to the Union Government for renaming West Bengal as Paschim Bango. However, the proposal never received a green signal.

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Background

When India gained independence in 1947, Bengal was partitioned along religious lines.

The western part went to India and was named West Bengal.

The eastern part joined Pakistan as a province called East Bengal. It was later renamed East Pakistan, giving rise to independent Bangladesh in 1971.

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