Karnataka appoints panel to design ‘state flag’, look into legal sanctity - Times of India
Even as the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre chants the one-nation mantra, the Congress-led government in Karnataka has constituted a nine member committee to design a 'state' flag — an identity symbol unique to the state — and submit a report on giving it legal sanctity. If such a flag does come into being, Karnataka will only be the second state in the country to officially have a flag of its own after Jammu & Kashmir, which enjoys special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
The move, coming months ahead of assembly elections in 2018, marks a departure from the stand Karnataka had taken in 2012+ when BJP was in office. The state government had then told the Karnataka high court that it had not accepted suggestions to declare the red-and-yellow Kannada flag the official state flag, as a separate flag would go against the "unity and integrity of the country".
When the issue was raised in the assembly, then Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had said: "The Flag Code does not allow flags for states. Our national flag is the symbol of integrity and sovereignty of our nation. If states have their separate flags, it could diminish the importance of the national flag. Besides, there are possibilities of it leading to narrowminded regional feelings."