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Karnataka government approves state flag, to seek approval from Centre

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Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 20:01

Another official said that the government - after the Cabinet approval - will be writing to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking an amendment to the Flag Code, 2002. Thus now the flag, which had red and yellow blocks has been now changed to three colours - yellow on the top, white in the centre and red in the bottom. The colours - yellow and red in the flag represent Arrishna (Turmeric which is yellow) and Kumkuma (Vermilion which is red) to symbolize auspiciousness and well-being of the Kannadigas and the state of Karnataka.The final approved State flag is Yellow, White with yellow colors and has the state emblem in the middle.

The Congress government in the state had set up a nine-member committee in 2017 to design the flag. Last year, Karnataka formed a panel to design a separate flag for the state. Jammu & Kashmir is the only state to have its own flag as it enjoys a special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

Calling the flag a "sign of Kannadiga pride" and a "historic decision", he said it would be sent to the central government for approval.

Kannada language, flag and pride came to be Siddaramaiah's game-changing agenda against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll-bound Karnataka.

Mukhyamantri Chandru, a member of the flag committee said, "There is nothing in the Constitution that says states should not have a flag".

According to Chandan Gowda, professor of sociology at the Azim Premji University, the inclusion of Karnataka's state emblem, which includes the Indian state's emblem of four lions found on the Ashoka pillar, signals an attempt to affirm Karnataka as an integral part of India. "The government will be seeking an amendment to enable provisions of including the Karnataka flag also as one of the symbols in the Flag Code", the official said.

"As long as the State does not show disrespect to the national tricolour and hoists the State flag below the national flag, there is no problem. We will urge the centre to approve the proposal and make an official announcement at the earliest", Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying.