Bengaluru, March 8:- Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled the new flag (Nada Dwaja) of Karnataka State at his official residence ‘Krishna’ in Bengaluru on Thursday.
The Chief Minister unveiled the new ‘Tricolour’ flag after a nine-member committee formed by the state government submitted the new design of the state flag. The committee headed by writer and scholar Hampa Nagarajaiah had submitted the new design for the state flag.
Speaking on the occasion, Siddaramaiah said, “The Karnataka state flag is not unconstitutional and there is no mention in the Constitution that the state should not have own flag. The cabinet had given the authorisation for me to approve and we have approved the flag. We will send the new flag design to the Centre and we hope they approve it.”
“There has been a long pending demand from the pro-Kannada organisations for a separate state flag and finally we have one now. We have to hoist the state flag below the national flag, which we will anyway do,” he added.
The committee comprising Secretaries of the Departments of Personnel and Administrative Services, Home, Law, Parliamentary Affairs; president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat; chairman, Kannada Development Authority (KDA), Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi and Director, Department of Kannada and Culture had submitted their report recently for the government, following which the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled the new flag design on Thursday.
Various pro-Kannada groups and Kannada activists in the state have given their nod for the new flag, while few others have raised objections.
Tricolour Naada Dwaja
The Naada Dwaja unveiled by the Chief Minister has red, white and yellow colours and also has the state emblem Ganda Bherunda, a two-headed mythical bird in the middle.
The new design of the flag incorporates red and yellow strips, with white in the middle. The state emblem Ganda Bherunda, a two-headed mythical bird in the middle is at the centre. It is said that the committee opted for this design which carries the ‘spirit of the existing yellow and red Kannada flag’ with white colour at the centre.
With this, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has once again cleverly used the Kannada nationalism card to counter nationalism card by the saffron party in the state. -(KK)