Karnataka government constitutes panel on separate flag for the state
Defending the move to have a state flag of its own, Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah said that there is no Constitutional provision that prohibits it. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Karnataka government has constituted a nine-member committee to see if the state can have its own flag.
Defending the move, Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah asked if there is any provision in the Constitution that prohibits it.
Is there any provision in the constitution that prohibits a state from having a flag?: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah pic.twitter.com/VgZQWtBEn5— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2017
The committee was formed after noted Kannada writer and journalist Patil Puttappa and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada urged the government to design a separate flag and grant it legal standing, reported PTI.
The state has an unofficial red and yellow "Kannada flag". The BJP government in 2012 had taken a stand against having an official flag for the state saying it would go against the unity and integrity of the country.
The move has come under heavy criticism from all quarters.
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said that the Congress government in Karnataka should be dismissed as the move is against Constitution.
Constitutional expert, P P Rao, while speaking to ANI, said that the Constitution only provides for the national flag.
K C Venugopal, Congress' Karnataka in charge, said that he will seek clarification from the state government.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India to have its own official flag.