Karnataka unveils proposed state flag, to seek Centre’s approval

The flag, which was finalized by a state government-appointed committee, has three horizontal stripes — yellow, white and red —, with the state emblem of Gandabherunda in the middle.  

Published: 08th March 2018 03:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2018 03:20 PM   |  A+A-

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah with the proposed state flag on Thursday in Bengaluru. (EPS)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday unveiled a state flag which if approved will make the state the second in the country after Jammu and Kashmir to have a flag of its own.

The flag, which was finalized by a state government-appointed committee, has three horizontal stripes — yellow, white and red —, with the state emblem of Gandabherunda in the middle.  

Speaking to media persons after unveiling the proposed flag during a meeting with representatives of pro-Kannada organizations in the state capital, Siddaramaiah said they would soon write to the Centre seeking its approval to the state flag. 

The CM said, “Writers and members of pro-Kannada organizations have extended their full support to the government’s move. We will send a recommendation to the Centre and also put pressure on it to approve it.”

However, the government's decision to have a separate flag irked the BJP who feared that it would fuel "separatist sentiments". However, Siddaramaiah said the Constitution does not bar any state from having its own state flag.

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