Karnataka government unveils its own tricolour state flag

09 March, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Karnataka State Flag Design Ready, Awaits Clearance From MHA

With Karnataka assembly polls barely few weeks away, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took a historic step to unveil a separate flag for the state.

In the tweet, Siddaramaiah thanked Kannada organizations, leading Kannada writers and intellectuals for gracefully agreeing with the flag design. The white space in the middle has the state emblem "Ganda Bherunda", a two-headed mythical bird.

Karnataka will be the second state in the country to have a separate State flag, after Jammu and Kashmir if the centre approves it.

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

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

"The long-pending demand for a separate state flag has finally been realised with the unanimous support from all quarters", Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said after chairing a meeting with representatives of Kannada organisations, littérateurs and others in Bengaluru.

A nine-member panel headed by the Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture recently submitted its report to the government with a recommendation that Karnataka has a tricolour state flag.

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The Karnataka government, which approved the flag on Thursday, will now send a request to the Centre for an official stamp and an amendment to the Flag Code, 2002.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had been vehemently opposing the imposition of Hindi, especially in the signages of Namma Metro, which has maximum funding from the State.

Prakash said the BJP had no objection to the state flag or its design.

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.

"I had suggested that the state needed a cultural flag that will be flown under the national flag". The red and yellow unofficial flag was created by Kannada writer and activist Ma Ramamurthy for a pro-Kannada political party called the Kannada Paksha.

The State emblem would figure on the white, said a member of the committee.

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