“For the sake of the people, culture and tradition, we have decided to change the name in Bengali as ‘Bangla’ or ‘Bongo’. We will put forward the suggestion in the Legislative Assembly. The state’s name in English would be ‘Bengal’,” Chatterjee said.
A proposal to change the name of the state has been brewing for several years, especially since the TMC-led government took over from the Left Front in 2011. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of the state, began her rule by giving new names to existing roads and metro stations after icons of Bengali culture.