Karnataka Seeks A Separate Flag, Home Ministry Rejects Proposal

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| July 18 , 2017 , 19:37 IST

The Congress government in the state of Karnataka have set up a panel to investigate that as to how the state can have a separate flag legally. As of now only Jammu and Kashmir have been permitted to have a separate flag. Kashmir is the only state in the country which has special status under article 370 of the Constitution.

The Congress government in Karnataka has set up a nine member committee to design a state flag (an identity symbol unique to the state), according to a report in the media.

Meanwhile, the home ministry has rejected the Karnataka government's proposal of having separate flag.  

A controversy erupted after Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah set up a team of nine-members in an order to have legally-accepted flag for the state. The BJP has dubbed the initiative as “anti-national.

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

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It is interesting to note that this move by the Congress has come just before the 2018 assembly elections.

According to a report, the BJP government in 2012 had clarified that a separate flag would go against the unity and integrity of the country.

The committee was appointed after a Karnataka government issued an order on June 6. The order nominated the principal secretary of the Kannada and culture department as chairperson of the committee, according to reports.