West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reactivated a proposal she has been toying since after winning the first Assembly elections in 2011 to get the name of West Bengal changed.
An immediate provocation for reviving the proposal is the treatment meted to her at the inter-state council meeting held here on July 16. Every CM got the opportunity to speak, with their states called up alphabetically. Mamata had to wait till the end as her turn came last because of W in West Bengal because of which she was made to cut short and not allowed to vent her ire fully. She got a chance to speak only for 12 minutes.
Back in Kolkata, she ordered revival of the proposal to rename West Bengal as “Paschimbanga” as discussed back in 2011 to help address the alphabetical issue. Her officials have dug up a letter from a joint secretary (Centre-state) in the Home Ministry informing the state government in 2014 that a decision had been taken to introduce the West Bengal (Alteration of Name) Act, 2014.Mamata has now asked the Trinamul Congress MPs to agitate in both the Houses of Parliament on which the Bill was never brought to the table. She has also asked the state government officials to start correspondence with the Home Ministry for introduction of the Bill in the current monsoon session itself.