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Ahead of polls Siddaramaiah unveils proposed Karnataka flag

09 March 2018, 02:57 | Myrtle Vega

The proposed flag

The proposed flag

Just about a month before the state goes to polls, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled on Thursday, 8 March, a new state flag.

The committee to decide the design of the flag headed by Kannada Development Authority (KDA) chairman S G Siddaramaiah submitted the new design to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the Vidhana Soudha on Thursday morning. A red, white and yellow flag was revealed at a meeting of the state government featuring "Ganda Bherunda" two-headed mythical bird in the middle. The flag also has the logo of the state government in the centre.

In the tricolour stage flag, white symbolises peace with the state emblem. So the Siddaramaiah government chose to give some sanctity to the Karnataka state to fix a regional flag. An official state flag for Karnataka is a longstanding demand of pro-Kannada activists. He said that there was no bar on state flags in the Constitution and all states can have their own flags. Following a huge protest over Hindi imposition by the Centre, Siddaramaiah had ordered removal of Hindi signage from Bengaluru Metro in last July.

The proposal will be sent to the Union home ministry for approval of the red, white and yellow flag.

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Speaking to News18 Siddaramaiah said "Kannada flag is not unconstitutional".

In their representation, the two had requested the government to design a separate flag for "Kannada Naadu" and accord it legal standing. "We will also try and impress upon the Centre to give its approval". Though it has not been made official yet, the flag was exhibited to the public. "There is no objection for states to have a separate flag in the Constitution". Hope they approve it. At the heart of the flag is the official emblem of the state.

But after receiving flak from the citizens of the state then, this time they have chose to not say anything lest they offend either their party high command or the people of the state. It was created by Kannada writer and activist Ma Ramamurthy for a pro-Kannada political party called Kannada Paksha, after he observed that many parties representing non-Kannadigas had their own flags.

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