Kolkata: Displaying the spirit of unity in diversity, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for suggestions from all political parties active in West Bengal to suggest a new name for the state. The CM categorically maintained that the name approved by the ruling party as well as the opposition would be finalized for the state.

In this regard, she convened an all party meeting on Wednesday. In a joint press conference with Opposition Leader Suryakant Mishra, the CM said, “Be it the changing of state’s name or restructuring of state, we will opt for a unanimous decision.”

Banerjee added, “I want to take all the political outfits into confidence over the issue of a new name for state. The suggestions were sought from all the parties, while the main opposition party Communist Party of India (Marxist) has sought more time to respond on the issue.”

Political parties have expressed different views on the issue, therefore all party meeting would be held again on August 19 to arrive on a consensus. The WB government is also seeking the suggestions of the Educationists and Historians.

Government is considering bifurcation of the districts like Asansol, Alipurduar and North 24 Parganas for better administrative management. Several leaders have also proposed bifurcation of South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad.

All the politicians present in the meeting have been asked to provide their suggestions on restructuring of some districts. WB Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee and CPI (M) veteran Suryakant Mishra said that he would consider the issue from different perspectives.

Meanwhile, Gorkha Janmukti Morch leader Roushan Giri opposed the move to bifurcate New Jalpaiguri district.

JPN/Bureau