Karnataka wants separateflag for State, forms panel

Karnataka wants its own flag appoints panel to look into legal sanctity

Karnataka wants its own flag appoints panel to look into legal sanctity

"This being the constitutional position, there is no prohibition in the Constitution for the State to have its own flag". There has been a demand from various quarters that official status be accorded to the Kannada flag.

Reacting to Karnataka's move to have a separate flag, Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda had said, "India is one nation, and it can't have two flags". BJP leaders alleged that the Congress was trying to whip up Kannada pride ahead of the 2018 elections. As has the demand for a separate flag with the glimmerings of a new campaign again seen around this.

"State IT minister Priyank Kharge, son of the Congress' Lok Sabha floor leader Mallikarjun M Kharge, tweeted a part of the SC's landmark judgement in the 1994 Bommai vs SC, which states, ".there is no prohibition in the Constitution for the state to have its own flag. They also say that state flags can become symbols of separatism and threaten India's unity and integrity.

In response, Karnataka Chief Minister S Siddharamaiah said: "Is there any provision in the Constitution which prohibits a state from having its own flag?"

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K C Venugopal, Congress' Karnataka in charge, said that he will seek clarification from the state government.

As of now, Jammu & Kashmir has its own flag because it enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

"The committee was set up in July but has not met yet". The flag gained popularity after famous Kannada actor RajKumar waved the flag in a very popular Kannada song. Ma Ramamurthy, a Bangalore based journalist and activist is credited with this, and designed a yellow flag which later was further redesigned.

The then Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had explained the decision saying that the Flag Code does not allow flags for states.

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A home ministry spokesperson, strongly disapproving of the proposal, said: "We are one nation, we have one flag". The government then said it would not make it mandatory to fly the state 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. But the notification was withdrawn later that year after a legal battle.

According to reports, the panel will also suggest the design of the flag for the southern state.

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