Renaming a state requires several approvals even up to a constitutional amendment i.e. bounded by several processes. Last year, West Bengal assembly has proposed a resolution to unanimously change the state name to Bangla in the three most used languages Bengali, Hindi, and English. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamatha Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister for accelerating this matter. And speaking to this centre on Wednesday told Rajya Sabha that it has not given permission to change the name yet.
The government feels that Bangla is the nearest similar name to the country Bangladesh and it would turn a difficulty in differentiating the two international forums. Earlier, Bombay was renamed as Mumbai in 1995, Madras was changed to Chennai and whereas Calcutta was altered as Kolkata in the year 2001. The central government has approved 11 cities in Karnataka for renaming the places and time has to decide for how long centre will take the time to approve the proposed name of West Bengal state.