Karnataka: BJP flays Siddaramaiah for taking unilateral decision on state flag

Karnataka: BJP flays Siddaramaiah for taking unilateral decision on state flag”

Karnataka government on Tuesday formed a panel to design a separate flag for the state, triggering a fresh controversy ahead of the Assembly elections.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has asked for President's Rule to be imposed in the state.

Only Jammu and Kashmir has a separate flag under Article 370 of the Constitution so far.

"The committee must ready a design for a separate state flag and submit a report on providing it a legal sanctity", the government order reads.

"The Constitution has not said anything about having or not having a state flag, so why are the BJP and the JD (S) quoting non-existent clauses?" he questioned.

The red and yellow Kannada flag has been an emotive symbol with the courts hearing petitions for it to be declared a state flag in the past.

BJP's flip-flop: In 2012, BJP-led Karnataka government accorded official status to the Karnataka flag or the red and yellow flag through a notification. Now, there is a renewed attempt at raising the temperature by raking up a campaign for a State flag to replace the national flag in Karnataka. "The flag controversy provided ammunition to the BJP, just when we were going after them on issues such as lynching by cow vigilantes", said a senior Congress leader.

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But, off the record, even his party colleagues say the move may be politically motivated.

The seasoned politician also commented that the state anthem also was under the same predicament without any official status. "It is meant only for Karnataka and is not given any official recognition by the Constitution or the judiciary", he said.

Only Jammu and Kashmir has a flag of its own and there is no desire for a flag in another state. "Having a state flag will not disrupt the unity and integrity of the country and will not reduce the stature of the national flag", he added.

Meanwhile, Constitution expert PP Rao said Karnataka was well within its rights to have a flag of its own. The flag symbolises auspiciousness and well-being of the state.

India is known for its diverse culture and various languages that the nation has. The Kannada flag was not raised on Republic Day or Independence Day, but on occasions like the state's foundation day, Ministry sources noted. "I have faith in the federal system of the country".

On the ending note it is important to know that Kannadigas have embraced both, the "Proud Kannadiga" and "Proud Indian" identities without any conflict since ages.

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