After J&K, Karnataka become 2nd state to have separate state flag

After J&K, Karnataka become 2nd state to have separate state flag

Karnataka is soon to have its own flag, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiling the "Naada Dwaja" in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Kannada Development Authority Chairman Siddaramaiah, in the report submitted to the Chief Minister recently, had recommended a tricolour flag for the State and even suggested the colour scheming. It is yellow, red and white, and the mythical bird "gandabherunda" at the Centre.

The committee opted for a design which carries the spirit of the existing yellow-and-red Kannada flag' with white colour at the centre.

The new flag is a departure from what was earlier used unofficially as the Kannada flag. But after repeated demands for a separate flag, the state government formed a nine-member committee to work upon a design for the official state flag in July 2017.

"Siddaramaiah has unveiled the flag because his government is on the backfoot over the stabbing of the Lokayukta on Wednesday", the saffron party's spokesperson S Prakash said.

An ANI Report further highlights that, post this, it will be sent to central government for approval, after that it will be announced as the state flag.

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In the tri-colour Stage flag, white symbolises peace with State emblem. However, CM Siddaramaiah, who held talks with litterateurs and Kannada activists on Thursday, was successful in convincing most.

Patil Puttappa, a veteran columnist and one of two individuals who requested of the Government asking it recognize a state symbol, said he respected the move.

It has made Kannada and the singing of the official state anthem mandatory in schools.

The BJP in the state has for now chose to stay away from commenting on the Karnataka flag.

Before Sikkim was annexed, it had its own national flag, with a Buddhist prayer wheel in the centre. This unofficial flag is flown every year on November 1 - the state's formation day. "All expressed support and approved the new design of the flag", he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called the move a diversionary tactic by a government facing flak over the lack of security in the state. Has the BJP come across any such provision in the constitution? "Siddaramaiah sat on this decision for four years and has used it now because he is in trouble politically in the state", Prakash said. The Congress high command, Pani says, will also have to "look the other way" on this issue.

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