Legally we can have Karnataka flag, says law minister

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah sets up 9-member panel for separate state flag Congress seeks explanation from govt

Congress members were also reported to be unhappy with the Karnataka government's decision to design a state flag, ANI reported.

Journalist-writer and president of Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharward, Patil Puttappa and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada had submitted a representation to the government, following which the committee was constituted.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir which has a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution is the only state in the country that is permitted to have its own flag.

As per the order dated 6 June, the government has nominated principal secretary of the Kannada and culture department as chairperson of the committee.

The demand of having a separate official flag is not new in the state.

Former advocate-general of Karnataka, Ravivarma Kumar, told The Hinduthat in SR Bommai vs Union of India case, the Supreme Court had declared that federalism is a basic feature of the Constitution and States are supreme in their sphere.

Currently, the state uses a red and yellow flag currently in cultural events. The BJP, which is the Opposition in the state, has accused the CM of playing party politics, especially in anticipation of the 2018 assembly elections. They also say that state flags can become symbols of separatism and threaten India's unity and integrity.

Here we decode the legacy of the Karnataka flag (Unofficial, so far).

Former Karnataka chief minister and Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda dismissed the move when questioned by reporters, saying, "India is one nation and there can not be two flags in one country".

"State IT minister Priyank Kharge, son of the Congress' Lok Sabha floor leader Mallikarjun M Kharge, tweeted a part of the SC's landmark judgement in the 1994 Bommai vs SC, which states, ".there is no prohibition in the Constitution for the state to have its own flag.

"Having a flag of our own is certainly not against nationalism or integrity".

"Our party is not opposed to Karnataka having a separate flag". The issue of giving the northeastern state its own flag is nearly decided, sources told Hindustan Times in this 2016 report. "I have faith in the federal system of the country". Strong states or provisioning to have state flags will not weaken the nation but in other way it will strengthen the nation.

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