Karnataka adopts official state flag

Karnataka State Flag Design Ready, Awaits Clearance From MHA

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the flag is not official until it gets approval from the Centre. The flag has been designed as per the recommendations of a committee headed by eminent Kannada writer Hampa Nagarajaiah. The flag with red, white and yellow colours has the state emblem, ganda bherunda, in the middle.

At the heart of the flag is the official emblem of the state, the coat of arms of the erstwhile state of Mysore.

The Karnataka government in July 2017 after considering the demand of some activists for an official state flag had constituted a committee to study the various aspects on the adoption of state flag. It was chose to have a flag for the state as a symbol of pride of Kannada speaking people, he said, adding "it was the intention, opinion and voice of Kannadigas".

A nine-member committee formed by the government had submitted its report on designing a separate flag for the state and providing a legal standing for it on February 5. "There is no provision in the Constitution that prohibits any state from having its own flag", Siddaramaiah said adding that it will be flown below the national flag. The state had recently witnessed huge protests over Hindi imposition by the Centre.

The proposed flag will now be sent for approval to the Union home ministry. The state Cabinet is likely to clear the proposal of a separate state flag and will send it to the Centre for an amendment to the Flag Code, 2002. Did BJP people come across any provision,"Siddaramaiah said".

"As long as the State does not show disrespect to the national tricolour and hoists the State flag below the national flag, there is no problem". He said the more established Kannada signal was good for nothing and that he recommended there ought to be three colors in the flag.

Siddaramaiah, however, defended the flag and said there was nothing unconstitutional in it. "Kannada flag is not unconstitutional". "We hope it will be approved quickly", he said. This unofficial flag is flown every year on November 1, Karnataka's foundation day, and is a common sight at public spaces in the state. Siddaramaiah met a delegation of pro-Kannada activists who initially were not happy with the change in the design but have now given their nod.

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