Explain state flag move, Cong tells Siddaramaiah

Laura Christensen
July 20, 2017

The Karnataka government constituted a nine-member committee to design the state flag. If the flag comes into being, Karnataka will be the second State to have its official flag after Jammu and Kashmir, which enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The government order dated June 6, as reported by Times of India, has nominated the Principal Secretary of the Kannada and culture department as chairperson of the committee including bureaucrats and academicians to also finalise a design of the flag. More so as the Kannada flag has been in use across the state by Kannada centric organisations and first emerged in the 1960's Kannada movement. The Kannada flag, which is divided into two equal horizontal stripes, a yellow strip for the top half and a red strip below, could become the official state flag of Karnataka. "Let them say that they do not want a flag for Karnataka", he said.

Later National Conference leader Sheikh Abdullah got the central government to accept the state's constitution and flag through the 1952 Delhi Agreement.

In charge of Congress in Karnataka, KC Venugopal, while responding to the chief minister's action on the state flag said that the party's stand is clear.

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Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S Prakash on Tuesday asked the Congress to not indulge in unnecessary controversies and gimmicks and instead respect the national aspiration. The party is embarrassed by how the opposition has used the move to turn the tables on it.

The seasoned politician also commented that the state anthem also was under the same predicament without any official status. 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.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer and constitutional expert Pavani Parameswara Rao on Tuesday asserted that Karnataka can have its own flag as there is no restriction in the Indian Constitution. The issue of giving the northeastern state its own flag is nearly decided, sources told Hindustan Times in this 2016 report. The Kannada flag was not raised on Republic Day or Independence Day, but on occasions like the state's foundation day, Ministry sources noted.

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