Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Who designed the Karnataka flag first? Five facts you need to know

Who designed the Karnataka flag first? Five facts you need to know

Attack, counterattack BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje alleged the government was "going against the nation" by setting up the committee to look into the demand for a state flag. The state would be up for assembly polls in 2018.

"There is nothing wrong in having our own identity even in the form of a separate flag". "The Congress-ruled government is triggering separatism in the state", he said, speaking to reporters here.

When the issue was raised in the assembly, then Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had said: "The Flag Code does not allow flags for states.Our national flag is the symbol of integrity and sovereignty". "The flag controversy provided ammunition to the BJP, just when we were going after them on issues such as lynching by cow vigilantes", said a senior Congress leader.

Defending the move, Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah asked if there is any provision in the Constitution that prohibits it.

Currently, only Jammu and Kashmir has a flag of its own, under Article 370 of the Constitution.

As far as Kannadigas can remember, the yellow and red flag has come to be associated with Karnataka and Kannadigas. "Legally, there is no provision for providing a separate flag for any state".

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Meanwhile, Constitution expert PP Rao said Karnataka was well within its rights to have a flag of its own.

Congress Karnataka in charge KC Venugopal has taken a dim view of the CM's action and told ET: "The Congress party's stand is clear that there should be no move to have a state flag for Karnataka".

The Karnataka government has formed a nine-member committee to submit a report on designing a separate flag for the state and providing a legal standing for it, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defending the move saying there is no constitutional provision against it.

A few days back, massive protests were staged for imposing Hindi in the state. Arguing that a state flag would go against the unity and integrity of the country, the government had said that separate state flags "could diminish the importance of the national flag and could lead to narrow-minded regional feelings".

Home ministry officials explained Karnataka already had a flag representing only the "people and not the government".

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