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Odisha-West Bengal Rasagolla Row Will Now Be Decided In Court

**Bhubaneswar**: As the bitter war between Odisha and West Bengal does not seem to pacify, another step by the West Bengal government has brought this deadlock to the forefront. According to sources, the West Bengal government will file a court petition in tandem with an application for Geographical Indication (GI) recognition to cement the origin debate.

Bengal’s Food Processing Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah made it clear that they will pursue the matter till the end.

It may be recalled here that Asit Mohanty, a researcher, had submitted a report claiming that Rasagolla has been mentioned in Odia literature before 1893 while there is no mention of such sweet in any Bengali literature before 1896.

Notably, the state government had formed a technical committee in September a couple of year back to collect evidences on the origin of rasagolla in Odisha after both Odisha and West Bengal fought for acquiring Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the sweetmeat.

GI tag is like a brand name granted to a product because of its geographical uniqueness.

Among the campaigns, debates, discussions abuzz in social media regarding the birthplace of the sweet, Odisha started celebrating this age old concluding ritual of Rath Yatra as Rasagolla Day a couple of years back.

Odisha has been claiming that the famous sugary delicacy of eastern India originated in the State years ago as it was first served at the 12th-century Lord Jagannath temple in Puri while Bengal only traces it back to 150 years.

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