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Identity politics: Rename West Bengal to 'Bangla', says Trinamool MP

This comes at a time when Mamata Banerjee has raised the issue of Bengali identity as a means to counter the BJP's increasing influence in the state

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Photo: PTI
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Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy on Thursday demanded in the House that West Bengal be renamed Bangla in three languages — Bengali, English, and Hindi — in deference to Bengali identity. At a time when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has raised the issue of Bengali identity as a means to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party’s increasing influence in the state, Roy said the West Bengal Assembly in July last year had passed a resolution to change the state’s name and it was pending with the Centre. Roy said it seemed the Centre was “not keen”

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First Published: Jun 27 2019 | 9:18 PM IST

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