Why Mamata Banerjee is pushing for West Bengal’s name change to Bangla

Mamata Banerjee's proposal to rename West Bengal as Bangla: What you need to know
West Bengal or Bangla? Mamata Banerjee's bid to rebrand the state

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, has reiterated her demand to the central government to rename her state as ‘Bangla’. She argued that if other states like Bombay and Orissa can change their names to Mumbai and Odisha respectively, why should her state be denied the same right?

She also argues that West Bengal is always placed at the bottom of the alphabetical list of states in India, which affects its visibility and priority in national matters. However, her proposal has faced opposition from both the central government and some regional parties, who fear that it would undermine the unity and diversity of India.

What Mamata said

“We have earlier passed a Bill to change the name of our state in the Assembly. We have given them all sorts of clarifications. But for a long time, they have not changed the name of our state to Bangla,” Mamata Banerjee said in a press conference in Kolkata, PTI reported.

“If our state’s name is changed to Bangla, our children who participate in various competitions and go for studies will get priority. In every meeting, we are forced to wait till the end. W, X, Y, Z. The importance of Bangla has been reduced,” Mamata said according to MSN.

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“We don’t think there is no need to divide when the name of the state is Bangla. Pakistan has a province named Punjab. India too has a state named Punjab. If Bangladesh can stay in Bangladesh internationally, why can’t West Bengal be changed to Bangla,” Mamata said.

“We don’t think there is no need to divide when the name of the state is Bangla. Pakistan has a province named Punjab. India too has a state named Punjab. If Bangaldesh can stay Bangladesh internationally, why can’t West Bengal be changed to Bangla,” Mamata said.

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