Karnataka govt unveils state's flag, to seek Centre's approval

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On Thursday Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled a new state flag.

Karnataka already had a flag which was used for all major events including the State formation day of November 1; but it consisted of only two colours - red and yellow.

If the Ministry of Home Affairs accepts the proposal, Karnataka will become the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have an official state flag.

It also has the state's emblem "Gandaberunda" at the centre, but will not have the inscription "Satyameva Jayate, he said".

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According to PTI, a committee formed by the state government past year had recommended the separate flag for Karnataka, discounting any constitutional or legal hurdles for it.

Reportedly, in 2014, Patil Puttappa, a 96-year-old veteran journalist and Kannada activist, along with others approached the Karnataka government, demanding a separate official flag for the state. The State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah while unveiling the proposed flag expressed hope that the decision will be endorsed by the Center. The saffron party had strongly opposed the state flag idea when it was in power in Karnataka, saying it would be against the unity and integrity of the country. Following a huge protest over Hindi imposition by the Centre, Siddaramaiah had ordered removal of Hindi signage from Bengaluru Metro in last July.

The pro-Kannada groups, who have been vehemently demanded official state flag, have raised issue about the official flag for the state. "We will follow the guidelines and will hoist the State Fag below the National Flag and will not violate the norms", he said. They stated that the BJP always fought for one nation, one flag.

Pointing that for a long time a discussion about having a state flag was on, Siddaramaiah said the committee after a thorough examination and discussions about legal, historical and constitutional aspects finally came to a decision on the matter. The Centre's BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in a fix on whether to approve the state government's decision or reject it outright. Siddaramaiah met a delegation of pro-Kannada activists who initially were not happy with the change in the design but have now given their nod.