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NEW DELHI: The centre has decided to pass the Orissa (Alteration of Name) Bill, 2010 in the coming winter session of parliament starting from Nov 9 said Union Parliamentry Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
Pawan Bansal also informed that the change of name from Orissa to "Odisha" Bill will be passed in its present form and no amendment will be accepted.
"As the state government has not moved any amended in the bill, so the central government will pass the bill in its present form, said Bansal.
The constitutional amendment bill to change the name of the state’s from Orissa to Odisha was delayed due to internal rife in the BJD’s camp.
Senior BJD leader Bhaturi Mahattab has ask for an amendment and wants to rename as "Odissa" but due to lack of support from its own party and the state government the bill was delayed in the last session.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram introduced the Orissa (alteration of name) Bill 2010 and the Constitution (One Hundred and Thirteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 in the lower house. The bills were introduced after a resolution was passed in the Orissa assembly for the change in the name of the state. Aug, 28, 2008. Odisha is the ancient name of the state. The name Orissa was adopted in 1950.