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All-party meet decides to rename West Bengal as Paschimbanga

File photo of Mamata Banerjee.
File photo of Mamata Banerjee.

Keeping intact the historical significance and upgrading the administrative opportunities, the all-party meeting convened by the Mamata Banerjee government today unanimously decided to rename the state as Paschimbanga.

A resolution in this regard would now be moved in the Assembly and then be forwarded to the Centre for formulation of a new Bill in Parliament.

Once the Bill is passed by both the Houses of Parliament and ratified by the President, the state would get its new name.

The meetig also reached a consensus in respect of bifurcation of five districts which would be finalised after discussing the matter at all- party meetings in the respective district levels.

Briefing newspersons on the second all-party meeting by the new government, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Surjyakanta Mishra said that the meeting selected Paschimbanga as the new name of the state "in unison" after discussing at length the six short-listed names.

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"We have deliberated on many names for the renaming of the state and finally decided to rechristen it as 'Paschimbanga' keeping in mind the historical loyalty as well as administrative opportunities," Mr Chatterjee observed.

Echoing Mr Chatterjee, Mr Mishra maintained that the Opposition did not have any reservation on the renaming of the state and the decision was "unanimous".

Incidentally, while the new government was in favour of renaming the state primarily for administrative opportunities, a section of intellectuals and others wanted to delete the word "West" from West Bengal because the erstwhile East Bengal did not exist anymore.

However, noted litterateurs Sunil Ganguly and Sirshendu Mukherjee maintained that it would have been good if West Bengal were renamed as Bangla or Banga.

The six short-listed names discussed at the meeting were Banga, Bangapradesh, Bangla, Gourbanga, Bangabhumi and Pashimbanga.

After the first all-party meet on August 3, the Chief Minister had entrusted Mr Chatterjee and Mr Mishra with the task of seeking proposals from eminent persons with regard to renaming of the state.

Besides the proposals for renaming the state, both the leaders had also scrutinised the other suggestions from the intellectuals given earlier in this respect.

Referring to the proposals for bifurcation of five districts, Mr Chatterjee said the meeting decided in principle to split Jalpaiguri, Burdwan, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and West Midnapore.

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He said all-party meetings on the issue would now be held at the respective district levels under the chairmanship of district magistrates to discuss the matter at length.

"A final decision in respect of bifurcation of five districts will be taken after the district level all-party meetings," Mr Chatterjee said.

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