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09 March 2018, 02:52 | Damon Campbell
Ahead of elections, Karnataka govt unveils state flag
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who met a delegation of Kannada activists at his office on Thursday morning, displayed the red, white and yellow flag proposed to be used as the official state flag in the event of its acceptance by the Union Government. The re-designing of the flag was undertaken by a committee headed by Siddaramaiah, Chairperson of the Kannada Development Authority. The white space in the middle has the state emblem "Ganda Bherunda", a two-headed mythical bird.
If the Ministry of Home Affairs accepts the proposal, Karnataka will become the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have an official state flag.
In the tricolour stage flag, white symbolises peace with the state emblem.
Earlier, Karnataka had an informal or unofficial yellow and red flag used by Kannada organisations and others. An official state flag for Karnataka is a longstanding demand of pro-Kannada activists.
The chief minister said the state cabinet had asked him to take a decision after taking the opinions of the pro-Kannada organizations and intellectuals."This is a historic decision".
Karnataka could be second Indian state after Jammu & Kashmir with separate flag
It has been send to the Centre for final approval, after which it would be approved as the state flag of Karnataka.
Mukhyamantri Chandru, a member of the flag committee said, "There is nothing in the Constitution that says states should not have a flag". Following a huge protest over Hindi imposition by the Centre, Siddaramaiah had ordered removal of Hindi signage from Bengaluru Metro in last July. "There is no opposition for States to have a separate flag in the Constitution".
In their representation, the two had requested the government to design a separate flag for "Kannada Naadu" and accord it legal standing.
Speaking to News18 Siddaramaiah said "Kannada flag is not unconstitutional".
Also in the federal system the national flag is always supreme and will be above the state flag, he added. The Centre's BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in a fix on whether to approve the state government's decision or reject it outright. "I am happy that we finally have a Kannada Baavuta (Kannada Flag)", as quoted by News 18.
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