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A year after the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the State, the Mamata Banerjee government was on Friday compelled to have one name for the State after the Centre rejected the earlier proposal of having three names in three different languages.

On August 29, 2016, the Assembly had passed a resolution changing the name of West Bengal to Bengal in English, Bangla in Bengali and Bangal in Hindi.

State’s Education Minister and senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chaterjee told journalists that the issue of change of name was lying with the Centre, which had raised objections about having different names in different languages.

“At the Cabinet meeting held today, it was decided that that the name will be Bangla in all the languages,” Mr. Chatterjee said.

While the resolution was being debated in the State Assembly in August 2016, certain members of the Opposition, including Leader of the Left Front Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty, had said that a State cannot have different names for different languages.

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