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Press Trust Of India / ibnlive.in.com / Updated Aug 19, 2011 at 06:10pm IST.
Kolkata: A consensus to rename West Bengal as "Paschim Banga" was on Friday reached at an all-party meeting to change the nomenclature of the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggested the new name and unanimity was reached on it, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said after the meeting in the Assembly.
"It has been unanimously decided that state's new name will be Paschim Banga from now in all languages," he said.
"We wanted a change in the name of the state to get the administrative advantage," he said.
The Chief Minister over the meeting atteneded by Trinamool Congress, besides ally Congress and SUCI(C), Left Front constituents CPI-M, CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc as also GJM, among other parties.
Mamata had earlier empowered Chatterjee and Leader of the Opposition Surjyakanta Mishra to study the new name for the state.
Chatterjee said the letter 'W' in West Bengal came low down alphabetically which resulted in disadvantage for the state.
"Paschimbanga as a new name also mirrors history," he said, adding a resolution would be moved in the Assembly for adoption which would be then referred to the Centre.
Forward Bloc sources said the choice was made from among the suggestions of 'Paschim Banga', 'Bangla' and 'Bangabhumi'.
CPI-M's Mishra, who flanked Chatterjee at the press meet, said, "Whatever be the opinions in the past, unanimity was reached on the issue at the all-party meeting."
Once the bill in this regard is passed by two-thirds majority in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and ratified by the President, the state would get the new name.
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