Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government’s decision not to pursue separate state flag issue, it has triggered protests and angry reactions from the Congress.
New Tourism and Kannada and Culture Minister C T Ravi, in his maiden press conference, said the state would not pursue state flag issue. “We can have a culture flag and constitutionally we can have only one flag ie (that is) National Tricolour”.
Till abrogation of Aticle 370 earlier this month, the then state of Jammu and Kashmir had a separate state flag.
Reacting to the statement, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said many Kannada activists, including Dr Patil Puttappa, had insisted on a state flag when he was the Chief Minister. Expert committee studied the same and designed the flag which was submitted to Centre for its approval. “But now the state govt is opposing the same. This should be condemned,” he added.
He asked “Have we not accepted our State Anthem? Has that, in any way, insulted our National Anthem? We just have to hoist other flags below the national flag & that will be our responsibility,” he tweeted.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao said that the decision was an insult to the self-respect of Kannadiga. “Just to please certain people, it is not right to hurt the sentiments of Kanndigas,” he added.
The state flag or the nada dwaja unveiled by the Siddaramaiah government was yellow-white-red flag with the State emblem at the centre. The authority to clear it vested with the Union Home Ministry. It was pursued that the Siddaramaiah government had done it woo the voters. Kannada activists have been protesting against the minister’s statement.