Though the West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to change the name of the state from West Bengal to 'Bangla', the process for the final approval is a long drawn one that includes an amendment in the Constitution.
The first proposal of the Mamata Banerjee government to rename West Bengal had faced opposition from the Centre on the ground that it sounded similar to a neighbouring country's name, Bangladesh. Also, the Centre wanted just one name for the state in three languages -- Bengali, Hindi and English, officials said.
When the fresh proposal formally comes to the Union Home Ministry, it will prepare a note for the Cabinet to bring an amendment to the Schedule 1 of the Constitution. After that, the Constitution amendment bill will be introduced in the Parliament, which has to be approved with a simple majority, before the President gives his assent.
When the 2011 proposal was received, there was an objection from the Central government that suggested name 'Bangla' has similarity to Bangladesh and it would be difficult to differentiate the two at international forums, said a senior official privy to the developments then.
At that time, the state government had proposed three names - Bangla (in Bengali), Bengal (in English) and Bangal (in Hindi).
The central government had objected that there should not be separate names in the three languages.
The Mamata Banerjee government had also proposed that the name should be changed to 'Paschim Bango' (West Bengal in Bengali) but it too did not find favour in the central government.
It is to be seen what will be the central government's view now as the state assembly on Thursday proposed to change the name 'Bangla' in all three languages, the official said.
The central government had approved the name changes for 11 cities of Karnataka, that include Bangalore to Bengaluru, in 2014.