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Clearing the air over the demand of a separate flag for State, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that the decision of forming a separate panel for the state flag was taken on June 6. He further asserted that the decision was not taken for any political reason.

The national flag will always be higher than the state flag, he added.

Confident over his decision, Siddaramaiah slammed the opposing parties — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal Secular (JDS) — by claiming that the Indian Constitution does not mention anything over having a state flag or not, so no need to quote nonexistent clauses.

Previously, the Karnataka CM had asserted that there was no legal bar on states over having a separate flag. In a statement by K’taka CM, he said, “As the Constitution does not bar states from having their own flag for a separate identity, we will consider it if the panel recommends.”

The state government on June 6 constituted a nine-member committee to design a state flag as a symbol of identity and plans to unfurl it on its formation day on November 1 every year.

“There is nothing wrong in having our own identity even in the form of a separate flag. There is no legal restriction on it. Let us wait for the panel’s recommendation and its design to decide on it,” reiterated Siddaramaiah.

Earlier, the previous government of BJP in Karnataka had opposed the demand of separate flag in 2002 and called it against the unity and integrity of the country.

Apart from the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has its own flag, no other state has a separate flag.

First Published | 19 July 2017 1:36 PM
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