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No provision for or against states having a separate flag: officials

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

There is no precedent of any state in having a separate flag, barring which enjoys a special status, but the Constitution does not provide for or against it, a government said today.

Chief Minister had yesterday unveiled the proposed flag of the state and said his government would send the proposal for Centre's approval.

The Flag Code of and the State Emblem of (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act refer only to the tricolour and there is no mention of any other flag, the said requesting anonymity.

has a separate flag because of the special status it enjoys under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The insisted as a nation has only one flag, and there will be "chaos" if tomorrow some states or some districts or some villages start seeking separate flags.

When asked for a comment, a said, "We have not received any such proposal from the government (yet) so it is premature to say anything on the subject."

Another government indicated that a regulatory framework has to be brought into existence to deal with such a situation so that a decision could be taken as per the law and Constitutional provisions.

"We are one nation, one flag. Legally there is no provision either for providing or prohibiting a separate flag for any state," the official, who wished not to be named, said.

The separate flag that already has represents only the "people and not the government", he said, adding it was not used at ceremonies like or but on occasions like the state's

The 'Naada Dwaja' (state's flag) unveiled by is in hues of yellow, white and red, and has the state's emblem 'Gandaberunda', a two-headed mythological bird, at its centre.

unveiled the flag after chairing a meeting of pro-Kannada organisations, activists and literary personalities, where they unanimously approved the design.

It was decided to have a flag for the state as a symbol of pride of Kannada speaking people, he said, adding "it was the intention, opinion and voice of Kannadigas."

A committee formed by thestate government last year had recommended a separate flag for Karnataka,discounting any constitutional or legal hurdles.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 17:30 IST