Karnataka flag issue depends on 'law', says Congress

Karnataka flag issue depends on 'law', says Congress

Speaking to ANI, Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S Prakash yesterday said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unnecessarily making controversies over the matter.

The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka constituted a nine-member committee on Tuesday to design a state flag and look into the legalities of it.

The flag is not used during Republic Day and Independence Day but on occasions like state foundation day, an official said.

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The move has come under heavy criticism from all quarters. President of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Narayana Gowda said that the move of the state government is in support of the people of Karnataka.

"There is nothing unconstitutional or anti-national about a state flag". "The Congress government is using this issue to divert attention from some recent controversies", he said.

"There is no restriction in the constitution that a state shall not have its own separate flag while having a national flag". As has the demand for a separate flag with the glimmerings of a new campaign again seen around this.

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Challenged by a Kannada activist in court, alleging the misuse of the state flag by the party to influence the support of the people, Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen of the Karnataka High Court questioned the validity of such an imposition. "Let them say that they do not want a flag for Karnataka", he said.

If Karnataka eventually decides to have a separate flag, it would be the only state to do so after Jammu and Kashmir, which enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. "It is meant only for Karnataka and is not given any official recognition by the Constitution or the judiciary", he said.

On June 6, we chose to form this panel (state flag), it was not for any political reason. Is the demand for an official state flag against concept of one nation?

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Only Jammu and Kashmir has a flag of its own and there is no desire for a flag in another state. The government has even appointed a nine member committee to submit a report on giving its legal sanctity. "This country's integrity, sovereignty or unity won't be threatened by merely having a state flag, as the Opposition claims", Siddaramaiah said. The flag symbolises auspiciousness and well-being of the state. And it comes along with increasing Kannada hostility to attempts by New Delhi to impose Hindi on the state. "I have faith in the federal system of the country".

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