Wednesday, October 4

A resolution is passed by the Kerala Assembly, which calls on the Centre to alter its name to ‘Keralam’.

A resolution was unanimously passed by the Kerala Assembly on Wednesday, urging the Centre to change the state’s official name from ‘Kerala’ to ‘Eralam’ in all languages. (File Photo) Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan

The House’s unanimous approval was achieved by the resolution tabled by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

The CM announced that the state of Kerala is named Keralam and established its linguistic unity on November 1, 1956, which coincided with the day of formation.

He added: ‘The name of our state is Kerala as recorded in the first Schedule of the Constitution and the Assembly unanimously asks the Central Government to make amendments so that it becomes ‘Keralam’ under the Eighth Schedule, in all official languages.

The naming request is limited to state governments and necessitates parliamentary approval under Article 3 and 4 of the Constitution. The President must refer the matter to the state legislature for approval, as was done in the past when the name of Orissa state was changed to Odisha and its language was altered from Oriya to Olga.

BJP’s state spokesperson, TP Sindhumol, expressed their agreement with the idea of using ‘Keralam’ as the official name for the state. He suggested that Keralam would be the appropriate choice and that the LDF and UDF should also place a statue of Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan at his birthplace in Tirur.

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