Assembly passes resolution to change state's name to 'Keralam'

Assembly passes resolution to change state's name to 'Keralam'

THE Kerala Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Centre to officially change the state's name to Keralam', reports IANS as quoted by online news siyes.

The Assembly passed the resolution for the second time because the Union Home Ministry, which reviewed the first resolution, suggested some technical changes.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who moved the resolution, wanted the union government to change the southern state's name from "Kerala" to "Keralam" in all languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of the country.

Moving the resolution, the CM said the state was called Keralam' in Malayalam and that the demand to form a united Kerala for the Malayalam-speaking communities had strongly emerged since the time of the national freedom struggle.

But the name of our state is written as Kerala in the First Schedule of the Constitution. This Assembly requests the Centre to take immediate steps to amend it as Keralam' under Article 3 of the Constitution and have it renamed as Keralam' in all the languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, Vijayan said.

It was the second time that the state assembly passed a resolution demanding a change in the name of the state.

The House had passed a similar unanimous resolution in August last year and submitted it to the Centre, but the Union Home Ministry suggested some technical changes in it, Assembly Secretariat sources here said.

After the presentation, the CM also said further examinations demanded some changes in the earlier resolution.

The resolution was accepted by both the members of the ruling LDF and the opposition Congress-led UDF.

UDF legislator N Shamsudeen suggested some amendments to modify the structure of the resolution, which were rejected by the government later.

Subsequently, it was declared unanimously adopted by the assembly by Speaker A N Shamseer.