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.
Mamata Banerjee passed a resolution to change the name of West Bengal to Bangla. Thank God, She didn't put Bangladesh.— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) July 26, 2018
Name change of West Bengal to Bangla. Yet another feather in the cap of Mamata Banerjee.— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) July 26, 2018
What's your state?
What's your language?
Are you drunk?
Yep. Having Bangla.
By renaming West Bengal to "Bangla", the Mamata Banerjee government is making concerted efforts along with the Congress party to wipe out any memory of Bengal's partition from history.— Am I Write? (@WordsSlay) July 26, 2018
Changing the name would not erase the deeds of Con-gress. Try harder.#WestBengal#Bangla
Little did people know that when Didi promised 'Poriborton', she only meant it in the name.#Bangla— Captain Marble (@BanerjeeSummit) July 26, 2018
Bangla is Country Liquor in West Bengal.— Anirban Biswas (@anirvanas) July 26, 2018
Mamata Banerjee's communal politics can be compared to this. People are drunk with hatred politics and Mamata is ruling and goons are looting. pic.twitter.com/ehQzJICRPi
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.