Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Karnataka government approves state flag, to seek approval from Centre

Karnataka government approves state flag, to seek approval from Centre

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday unveiled the state flag, terming the move a historic decision that has been taken keeping in mind the history of the state and to promote the self-respect of the people, although analysts say the primary motivation may be the coming state elections.

A committee headed by noted Kannada scholar Hampa Nagarajaiah decided on the design of the flag.

The chosen design of the flag incorporates red and yellow strips, with white in the middle and the State emblem is at the centre but without the words "Satyameva Jayate" displayed in the National tricolour keeping various norms in mind.

It may be recalled that the State BJP hadn't supported the flag initiative in the past; political observers point out that the Congress Karnataka wants to achieve political mileage by introducing an exclusive flag for the State ahead of Assembly polls. The emblem is based on the emblem of the kingdom of Mysore.

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Reportedly, in 2014, Patil Puttappa, a 96-year-old veteran journalist and Kannada activist, along with others approached the Karnataka government, demanding a separate official flag for the state. The flag was, however, an unofficial one and was used usually by pro-Kannada outfits. The panel had later submitted a report to the Siddaramaiah government on the state flag getting legal sanctity.

The proposal will be now sent to the Union Home Ministry for approval since a State has no powers to announce its own flag.

Replying to a question, Mr Siddaramaiah said that "there is no mention in the Constitution about the States should not have a separate flag". Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the flag is not official until it gets approval from the Centre. Though it has not been made official yet, the flag was exhibited to the public. The only thing is we have to hoist it below the national flag, which we will anyway do. "There is no objection for states to have a separate flag in the Constitution". The opposition BJP has in the past accorded official status to the unofficial state flag. We will send the design to the Centre. "I am happy with this flag because it also has our state emblem", he said. "A long cherished dream is coming true." said Siddaramaiah.

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