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Karnataka government appoints panel to design its own state flag
20 July 2017, 12:52 | Katrina Lee
Karnataka sets up committee to see whether it can legally have a separate flag
A controversy erupted after Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah set up a team of nine-members in an order to have legally-accepted flag for the state.
If the state government does have its way, Karnataka will become the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have its own flag.
It refers to unconstitutional initiative of Karnataka government in setting up a committee for deciding a separate flag for the state.
He told reporters that a committee had been constituted to examine the legality of giving official status to the widely used red and yellow flag in Karnataka.
The previous BJP government in the state (2008-13), however, opposed the demand for a separate flag in 2012, as it considered to be against the unity and integrity of the country, which has the Tricolour as the national flag.
Challenged by a Kannada activist in court, alleging the misuse of the state flag by the party to influence the support of the people, Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen of the Karnataka High Court questioned the validity of such an imposition.
Karnataka has formed a separate panel which will finalise on the flag for the State.
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It is interesting to note that this move by the Congress has come just before the 2018 assembly elections. It is used by any number of organisations in the state as an "official flag" and the Congress has clearly chose to capitalise on this issue before the elections. To a query, he sought to know whether there is any specific provision in the Constitution that prohibits the State from having its own flag.
Significance of Kannada flag: The Kannada flag is a bi-coloured flag. We have a National Flag that we all respect.
Incidentally, Karnataka has had an unofficial state flag since the mid 1960s when pro-Kannada groups were agitating against the screening of non-Kannada films in the state.
Former advocate general of Karnataka Ravi Varma Kumar quoted, "The Constitution provides states supremacy in their own sphere and even a seven-judge Supreme Court bench has upheld this". The issue of giving the northeastern state its own flag is nearly decided, sources told Hindustan Times in this 2016 report.
India is known for its diverse culture and various languages that the nation has.
A few days back, massive protests were staged for imposing Hindi in the state. "I have faith in the federal system of the country".
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