Kolkata, Aug. 2 : The West Bengal Cabinet on Tuesday decided to rename the state as 'Bangla' or 'Bongo' in Bengali and 'Bengal' in English.
The news was confirmed by Trinamool Congress leader and state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, who said a special Assembly session will be convened on August 26 to discuss the name change.
"The Cabinet has taken a very important decision. We had suggested a change in name of the state. 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'. We will discuss this issue in the Assembly on August 26," State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said.
The ruling party in the state had decided to rename West Bengal to 'Paschim Banga' in 2011 to raise the state's position alphabetically.
Besides the TMC, the opposition parties led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had also supported the move then.