West Bengal now becomes Paschim Banga (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) West Bengal, born in the wake of India’s independence following the division of Bengal, has been renamed Pashchim Banga, Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee announced Friday.

The decision was unanimously taken by the government and opposition parties, Chatterjee said.

“It has been unanimously decided … from now on West Bengal will be called Paschim Banga. In English also, the name will be written as Paschim Banga,” Chatterjee told a media conference.

“We have agreed with the government regarding the renaming of West Bengal,” opposition leader Surya Kanta Mishra of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPi-M) said.

“We considered all aspects including administrative, historical and social while deciding the name,” said Chatterjee.

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