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20 July 2017, 12:49 | Colleen Roy
Karnataka government appoints panel to design its own state flag
The Congress-led Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka has constituted a nine-member committee to study the possibility of designing its own "state flag".
Karnataka already has an unofficial state flag since the mid 1960s when pro-Kannada groups were agitating against the screening of non-Kannada films in the state.
Do other Indian states have their own flags? In 2012, the then BJP government ordered it to be flown on government buildings.
Speaking to ANI, Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S Prakash yesterday said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unnecessarily making controversies over the matter.
While Yeddyurappa accused the CM of playing to pro-Kannada groups to gain votes for the 2018 assembly polls, Siddaramaiah says the BJP too is ambiguous about its stand as they too do not want to upset their vote banks.
Meanwhile, BJP blamed Congress for flaring a separatist mindset and asserted that the Constitution does not permit a state flag.
"As the Constitution does not bar states from having their own flag for a separate identity, we will consider it if the panel recommends", he said in a statement. Let them state publicly that there is no need for an official flag for Karnataka. The flag, which is prominently hoisted on the occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrated on November 1 as the state's Formation Day, is a common sight at public places. Do we accord less respect to the national anthem (by having a State anthem)?
K C Venugopal, Congress' Karnataka in charge, said that he will seek clarification from the state government.
Barring the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has its own flag under Article 370 of the Constitution, no state has a separate flag.
In spite of its informal status, the flag has much currency in indicating support for Kannada identity, language and culture.
India as a nation having its national flag can not and must not allow separate flags for states, which will be definitely against integrity of nation. Ma Ramamurthy, a Bangalore based journalist and activist is credited with this, and designed a yellow flag which later was further redesigned. It had then told the Karnataka High Court that the move would be against the unity and integrity of the nation, NDTV reported. But the notification was withdrawn later that year after a legal battle.
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