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Twitter rips into Mamata over West Bengal renaming

  • Published at 06:38 pm July 28th, 2018
West Bengal (henceforth Bangla) Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Reuters

West Bengal will henceforth be known as Bangla

The West Bengal assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution recommending that the state be renamed Bangla, following up on a two-year-old effort to move the state up the alphabetical order of India’s states. 

West Bengal trails behind other states during meetings because of the alphabetical order. This means Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee either gets to speak last in meetings, or not at all. But Mamata’s gamble to improve her standing among her peers might have proven to be fodder for a ton of jokes.

Leader of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banarjee said: “It will be Bangla in all languages.”

The name change has caused uproar on social media, where people are criticizing the decision. Indians are bombarding Facebook and Twitter with their take on the matter. 

Two years ago, Mamata Banerjee’s government cleared a new name with three versions -- Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi, and Bengal in English. The central government suggested a uniform name.