The West Bengal Cabinet on Tuesday decided to rename the state Bangla or Bongo in Bengali. It will be called Bengal in English. The news was confirmed by Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee, who said a special Assembly session will be convened to discuss the name change, ANI reported.
The state government had decided to drop “West” from the name of the state so that it does not come last alphabetically, officials said. This comes after the chief minister got to speak last at the Inter-State Council Meeting earlier this month, according to The Indian Express.
The long-standing demand for a change in the name of the state received the nod of the state Assembly on Tuesday. If the name change gets across the board approval, it would require a Constitutional amendment to effect the change