There can be only one flag: Centre snubs state

There can be only one flag: Centre snubs stateā€

"We have only one flag and that is the national flag", he said. We have a National Flag that we all respect.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Constitutional expert Pavani Parameswara Rao expressed that Karnataka can have its own flag as there is no restriction in the Indian Constitution. "The head of the state should strengthen relations between states and the Centre".

The then government had then rejected the suggestions to declare the red-and-yellow Kannada flag as the official state flag, as this symbolism would only go against the "unity and integrity of the country".

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.

With the upcoming assembly elections in 2018, this decision has come as a sharp contrast from the stand Karnataka had taken in 2012 when BJP was in office.

The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike that has been one of the major organisations promoting the separate flag for the state just held a round table conference for linguistic equality and opposing the imposition of Hindi.

The state has had an unofficial "Kannada flag" since the 1960s - the red-and-yellow flag is popular with the local people and many Kannada activists also wear it as a scarf.

On June 6, we made a decision to form this panel (state flag), it was not for any political reason. "I have asked the Government to clarify", K.C. Venugopal, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, said. The flag gained popularity after famous Kannada actor RajKumar waved the flag in a very popular Kannada song.

"The chief minister said", Is there any provision in the constitution that prohibits a state from having a own flag?" On 13 July, 1931, 22 Kashmiri protesters were gunned down by the army of the Dogra ruler after the people rose against the Maharaja's rule, according to Deccan Herald. "The country has only one flag and that is the National Flag", he added.

"We are one nation, one flag".

"The demand of a separate is in no way an insult to the national symbols of India". The flag symbolises auspiciousness and well-being of the state.

"A committee has already been constituted, it will also deliberate on this issue", he said.

"There is nothing wrong in having our own identity even in the form of a separate flag". The flag of Kannada pride has triggered a row only because of the 'bad-timing'.

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