Karnataka demands state flag, sets up panel to study legal provisions
Karnataka has set up a nine-member panel to study legal provisions to have a state indicator, officials said Tuesday in a measure seen as a political Gambat by government polls before Congress next year.
The only state with a separate flag is Jammu and Kashmir, which enjoys special powers under Article 370 of the Constitution.
It is also said that the Center intends to grant a separate flag Nagaland under a treaty can be signed with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-H).
Karnataka has an unofficial red and yellow flag used for cultural events and as a symbol of Kannada pride.
The measure of the Congressional government in Karnataka is manifested by the increase in public sentiment against the Center’s alleged attempt to impose Hindi residents of Kannada State.
Authorities said the formal notice of the panel’s constitution was released on June 9
A challenge, Prime Minister Siddaramaiah, defended his movement on Tuesday.
“Is there a provision of the Constitution that bans a state has a flag? ‘” Siddaramaiah told reporters.
In 2012, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power in the state, the state government had opposed a similar scrutiny in an affidavit filed before the High Court of Karnataka at the time, saying the separate flag would undermine sainthood Granted to the national flag.
Experts HT spoke, said there was no legal impediment in a state flag.
“There is no provision in the Constitution or in the flag code that bans a state to have a separate official flag,” said Alok Prasana Kumar, a Bangalore-based lawyer, has also been operating to the Supreme Court.
Kumar said a code by the flag appears in the national code was adopted as law.
“If a code of this type is provided, the consent of the president is required. This is because the government and then consider the relationship of this brand with the national flag.”
While Siddarmaiah denied any link between the decision and the elections of the next meeting, political analyst Narendar Pani said that this was part of the widespread anger in the state against the Center.
“There has always been an anti-sense, which spread in 1983 when Gokak agitation,” said Pani, a faculty of the National Institute for Advanced Studies.
Gokak’s agitation of 1980 succeeded in giving primacy to the Kannada language in the state which had previously followed a formula in three languages including Hindi and English.
“We must realize that this reaction is illuminated by various factors, including what is considered an injustice granted to the State in the subject of Cauvery,” we said, he added, referring to a shared water dispute with decades of Tamil Nadu.
Pani told Congress, the upcoming elections would be led by Siddarmaiah and district-level leaders. “In this sense, national leaders will have little to say on these issues,” he added.