Kolkata: After years of rivalry and a string of verbal attacks and counter attacks, the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress have finally come up with a similar opinion on an issue. Both arch-rivals have come on a common platform on the issue of renaming of West Bengal.

After a meeting on Thursday, the state secretary of CPI (M) and Chairman of the Left Front Biman Bose told reporters, “The Left Front has decided to extend support to state government on the issue of changing the name of West Bengal.”

In a significant move on Wednesday, the state cabinet had decided to constitute a Commission for suggesting a new name for state.

Bose said previously the Left Front government had initiated the procedure of name change of state. “Jyoti Basu government had initiated the move but the efforts went in vain due to stern opposition within state, therefore the proposal was not forwarded to the Centre,” he added.

After the cabinet meeting, West Bengal Industry Minister, Partha Chatterjee said, “Since the name of state starts with the English letter ‘W’, state is placed at the far bottom in the Centre’s list. Therefore, in the meetings of the Union Government or other important discussions the issues of West Bengal are taken up in the last.”