Karnataka state to have its own flag?

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Puttappa and Gadada in their representation had requested the government to design a separate flag for?'Kannada Naadu' and accord it legal standing.

"The committee was set up in response to a memorandum submitted by Kannada protagonists and pro-Kannada organisations for a common identity, as the state was carved out in 1956 by merging Bombay Province and Hyderabad-Karnataka region with the old Mysore areas of the Madras Presidency", an official in the Chief Minister's office told IANS.

The move has been made ahead of the state Assembly polls next year. Former advocate general of Karnataka, Ravi Varma Kumar, said, "The Constitution provides states supremacy in their own sphere and a seven-judge Supreme Court bench has upheld this".

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

When the issue was raised in the assembly, then Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had said: "The Flag Code does not allow flags for states.Our national flag is the symbol of integrity and sovereignty".

"We have only one flag and that is the national flag", he said. Union minister DV Sada nanda Gowda dismis sed the move, saying, "India is one nation, and it can't have two flags".

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In a major development, the government in Karnataka has set up a panel which will explore whether it was legally possible for a state to have its own flag. More so as the Kannada flag has been in use across the state by Kannada centric organisations and first emerged in the 1960's Kannada movement.

The Hindi language agitation that was seen in Bengaluru recently was against the imposition of "one country one language" rule and so this new turn of events will definitely give the Opposition some ammunition to attack the Siddaramaiah government.

Meanwhile, Constitution expert PP Rao said Karnataka was well within its rights to have a flag of its own.

Even Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chaudhury stressed that India should have only the national flag and is unable to understand why Karnataka government is keen to have a state flag.

Karnataka could become the second state of the country which could have its own flag after Kashmir.

Home ministry officials explained Karnataka already had a flag representing only the "people and not the government".

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