Kolkata: West Bengal Friday moved a step
closer to being renamed `Paschimbanga` as the state Assembly adopted a resolution with the support of opposition Left Front.
Leader of the House Partha Chatterjee moved the
resolution, calling for the change in name of the state to
Paschimbanga in English.
The change in nomenclature was required in view of the
disadvantages in administrative purposes and it was desirable
that writing and pronunciation should be in conformity with
the name of the state, the resolution said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the first letter
`W` in the present nomenclature was a disadvantage for the
Stating that West Bengal had been named from the
geographical and historical point of view, she said, "We have
unity in diversity and unanimity is to be respected."
Pointing out that Maharashtra, Orissa and Pondicherry
had been renamed, she said, "We too have changed name of the
state and heaven will not fall for this."
Nothing could be achieved by adopting a rigid attitude and majority decision should be accepted, she said.
Opposition Left Front extended full support to the
resolution, while Tarun Naskar, the lone member of Socialist
Unity Centre of India (C), an electoral ally of Trinamool
Congress, walked out alleging that his party was not heard on
the issue in the House.
The resolution would now be referred to Parliament for
adoption and then sent for Presidential assent.
The state cabinet had earlier approved the proposal for
change of nomenclature to Paschimbanga.
The proposal was first mooted in 1974 by the Congress
government of late S S Ray and later in 1999 when Jyoti Basu
was the chief minister of the Left Front government, but these
efforts did not make any headway.