Published On : Wed, Aug 3rd, 2016

CPI makes history, agrees to Mamata’s West Bengal name change

mamata-banerjeeKolkatta: The Communist Party of India, for a change, is on the same page as the Trinamool Congress government on the issue of renaming the state as ‘Bengal’, saying the move reflected reality.

“We agree. It’s alright. No problem,” CPI General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy told PTI on the West Bengal government’s proposal to change the name of the state.

The West Bengal Cabinet yesterday took up a proposal to rename the state as ‘Bengal’ in English and ‘Bango’ or ‘Bangla’ in Bengali. “Now we are giving a new proposal and will convene a special session of the Assembly on August 26 to pass a resolution to this effect,” state minister Partha Chatterjee said in Kolkata yesterday.

Reddy said: “Earlier West Bengal and East Bengal in the undivided India…it was kept because it was separate entities in Bengal. Now, it’s a normal affair (to change the name). I don’t think there is any objection to it.”