Prime News, State, Bengaluru, July 18:- Karnataka government constituted a nine member committee to design a ‘state flag’ an identity symbol unique to the state.
If the plans from state government come into being, Karnataka will only be the second state in the country to officially have a flag of its own after the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2012 when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power, the state government had then informed the Karnataka High Court that it had not accepted suggestions to declare the red-and yellow Kannada flag the official flag, as it amounts to separate flag that would go against the ‘unity and integrity of the country’.
The Siddramaiah government is interested in having a separate flag for the state, at a time when pro-Kannada organisations opposing the imposition of Hindi in the state.
The State order says the committee has been set up against the backdrop of representations from Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha president Patil Puttappa and activist Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada from Belagavi.
However, these representations were made as far back as November 2014. Experts opined that existing laws may permit states to have a flag of their own.
Former advocate general of Karnataka Ravi Varma Kumar said that, “The Constitution provides states supremacy in their own sphere and even a seven-judge Supreme Court bench has upheld this. The flag code also has no restrictions on this matter.”
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)