Can Karnataka Have Own Flag? Government Sets Up Committee To Explore

Can Karnataka Have Own Flag? Government Sets Up Committee To Explore

Karnataka government appoints panel to design its own state flag

The Congress high command wants to know in what context Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has constituted a committee to examine whether the state can have a flag.

The Karnataka government's decision to form a committee to look into the demand is a departure from the stand taken by the state's earlier BJP (Hindu nationalist) government.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in the state, does not support a separate flag for Karnataka. The presidents of Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Kannada Development Authority, the Hampi University vice-chancellor and the director of the Kannada and culture department are other members of the panel, a June 6 government order said. The panel will be headed by the principal secretary of the Department of Kannada and Culture and will comprise bureaucrats and academics, India Today reported.

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"Is there any provision in the Constitution which is prohibiting a state to have its own flag?" It is used by any number of organisations in the state as an "official flag" and the Congress has clearly made a decision to capitalise on this issue before the elections.

Congress leader Priyank Kharge tweeted a part of the judgement in the 1994 Bommai vs SC and said that there is nothing "unconstitutional" about the state having its own flag.

"Our party is not opposed to Karnataka having a separate flag". Having a state flag is a disrespect to the national flag and reeks of secessionism, " Yeddyurappa had said on Tuesday. The state would be up for assembly polls in 2018.

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"By having a regional flag, no disrespect is being shown to the national flag".

In 2012, Karnataka's BJP government accorded official status to the Karnataka flag through a notification. Both the officials have been shunted out of their respective posts by the state government, which has already ordered a probe into the charges, after they were locked in a bitter public spat.

The only state so far to have a separate official flag is Jammu and Kashmir, which enjoys special status under the Indian constitution. "I don't see any provision anywhere, if they want to have state flag, there is nothing wrong in it", he has said. She had said in the report to Rao that there was "a talk" that Rs two crore had exchanged hands and that there were allegations against him (Rao) as well.

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