Karnataka government unveils its own tricolour state flag

Karnataka State Flag Design Ready, Awaits Clearance From MHA

Karnataka State Flag Design Ready, Awaits Clearance From MHA

Prof SG Siddaramaiah, Chairperson of Kannada Development Authority (KDA), who was part of the committee of experts to design the flag said, "The new flag has been designed keeping in mind the spirit, wish and opinion of Kannadigas". It was a long pending demand of people of the State and today it was approved."The Flag will have three colours with Yellow on the top, white in the middle and Red colour in the bottom".

If adopted with clearance from the Home Ministry, Karnataka will become the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have an official state flag.

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

The old Karnataka flag was a bi-colour one containing only red and yellow and no emblem. We will now write to GoI to make the State Flag official.

Many see Siddaramaiah's unveiling of a state flag as a political decision ahead of the state elections.

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Siddaramaiah government had constituted a nine-member committee a year ago to design the state flag.

"A state flag will not disrupt the unity and integrity of the country", Siddaramaiah said previous year.

It has made Kannada and the singing of the official state anthem mandatory in schools. 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. Along with the fight against Hindi imposition, this new flag has put the BJP in a quandary. "There is no objection for states to have a separate flag in the Constitution". The move by the Siddaramaiah government marks a departure from Karnataka's 2012 stand when the BJP was in office.

In the 1994 Supreme Court case S.R. Bommai v/s Union of India, the apex court said there is no prohibition on states having their own flag. "We will also try and impress upon the Centre to give its approval". This is due to J&K's special status under the Constitution.

Before Sikkim was annexed, it had its own national flag, with a Buddhist prayer wheel in the centre. "There is absolutely no problem with the state using this as a symbol of the rich and proud heritage of Karnataka", he had said. He also said that there are no legal complications.

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