Will the government give Karnataka a separate flag?
After Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka has become the first state in the country which has sought permission from the Central Government to adopt its own flag.
Karnataka assembly elections are going to be held soon and the Election Commission can announce the program of elections in the next one-and-a-half months.
In such a situation, the issue of raising this issue right before the elections is being seen in the light of elections. It is believed that the separate flag of Karnataka is an issue related to Kannada honors here.
Karnataka’s three-color flag has yellow, white and red horizontal stripes which represent vermilion and turmeric. The Kannada organization has been using similar symbols for the last six decades.
State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the interaction with the media, “We have added a white band in the middle of the flag which reflects peace and in the middle of it there is a provincial symbol Ganda Barrunda (a mythical bird).”
The symbol symbol is Ganda Barrunda, a mythological bird with two faces. This mark is taken from the Vadial Shahi family of the Mysore kingdom.
Apart from Jammu and Kashmir having special status in India, no state has its own separate flag.
The Karnataka Government cabinet has authorized Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to take a decision in this matter after taking suggestions from Kannada institutions, activists and writers.
Siddaramaiah has fulfilled all the formalities before making the announcement in front of the media and said that “There has been no obstruction in sending this suggestion to the Central Government.”
The State Government is seeking permission from the Central Government to adopt its own flag of the state under flag code 1952.
The purpose of seeking permission from the Central Government is to set rules regarding flag hoisting. However, the opinions of law-makers vary from states to their respective flags.
Former Advocate General Ravi Verma Kumar said, “Neither the flag code nor the two other laws applicable to the flags prevent any province from adopting its own flag. In fact, the flag code allows the flag to be flagged, but some conditions And with the restrictions. ”
Kumar says “these restrictions include that no flag can be hoisted before India’s national flag nor can it reduce the honor or importance of India’s national flag and hoist it only below the Indian flag. May be. ”
At the same time, BV Acharya, a former Advocate General and former member of the Law Commission, believes that the Constitution does not allow the provinces to adopt their own flag.
So can the Karnataka government’s proposal sent to the central government be challenged in the court?
Acharya says, “We should challenge it in the court because a state can not be allowed to adopt its own flag in the federal structure. A separate flag shows split and the national unity will reach with a different flag from any state. . ”
On the other hand, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says that there is no separate statement in the constitution that states can not have their own flag. Siddaramaaya says, “No one can oppose any state to adopt its flag.”
He said, “I believe BJP government leaders should also press the central government to allow the flag.”
However, the BJP leaders are currently confused about this issue. Initially the BJP had opposed this issue but now it is calm on it.
In view of the elections, maybe the BJP is thinking about its next step. Karnataka is currently the Congress government and BJP is doing its best to spread the foot.