Kolkata: The West Bengal government will amend the name of the state and separate districts of West Medinipore, North 24 Paraganas, Bardhaman and Jalpaiguri to provide good supremacy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday after an all-party meeting on the concern.
Another all-party meeting will occur to discuss the matter on August 19. Banerjee proposed changing the state name, so that the name does not hold the state back.
Banerjee said that “We have unanimously decided to change the name of the state. We will go slow and take suggestions from everyone. Partha Chatterjee, who is our deputy leader in the assembly and leader of opposition Suryakanta Mishra are asked to hold talks with intellectuals, linguists for the same.”
Speaking on the reorganistion of the districts, Banerjee said that “We are considering bifurcation of four districts, West Medinipore, North 24 Paraganas, Bardhaman and Jalpaiguri for better governance.”
At the time of independence in 1947, the former Bengal was bifurcated. The eastern part became East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and the western part stayed with India becoming the state of West Bengal. The matter has been debated lots of times that “west” in the name does not make sense as “East Bengal” does not exist anymore.
However, the plan of changing the name was dropped. Mamata Banerjee recommended both Mishra and her party leader and industry minister Partha Chatterjee to consult both researchers and experts on Bengal to arise with suggestions.