Mamata govt changing state’s name to ‘appease a community’:RSS

Kolkata: The RSS today alleged that the real purpose behind the Mamata Banerjee government’s bid to change the name of West Bengal was to “appease a particular community” and to wipe out the history of painful Partition.

It also said would organise an awareness campaign across West Bengal to make people aware about the real ‘purpose’ behind the move.

A top RSS leader of West Bengal, Bidyut Mukherjee said the organisation would also urge the central government not to give its nod to the name change bid.

The RSS leader alleged that the state government mooted the proposal to “appease a particular community” even as it was trying to wipe out the painful history of Partition.

“Actually the main purpose behind the decision to change the name is to wipe out the history of painful Partition, which states that India was divided in 1947 on religious lines. TMC is trying to wipe out that history so that the our next generations don’t get to know why the state bears the name ‘West Bengal’,” he said.

The state cabinet last week had decided to rename the state as Bengal after its earlier proposal of ‘Paschim Bango’, made in 2011 when Trinamool Congress took over power in the state for the first time, failed to get the green signal from the Centre.

The state BJP unit too had criticised the TMC government for its decision to change the name of the state. The party’s state unit has decided to launch a statewide “Save West Bengal” campaign against the decision.