For the past few years, the Siddaramaiah-led Congress Govt.in Karnataka had been requesting the Centre to allot a separate flag for the State besides the national tricolor.
According to News18, the flag or "Naada Dwaja" with red, white and yellow colours has the state emblem "Ganda Bherunda", a two-headed mythical bird, in the middle. If accepted, Karnataka will be the second state to have an official state flag, the report added. The emblem is based on the emblem of the kingdom of Mysore.
To be sure, Karnataka already has an unofficial state flag since 1960s, created by Kannada writer and activist Ma Ramamurthy who founded pro-Kannada political party Kannada Paksha. The flag was, however, an unofficial one and was used usually by pro-Kannada outfits.
The nine-member flag committee, which made a decision to have three colours and the emblem, met Siddaramaiah along with prominent names from several Kannada organisations and literature. "Today, we took a historic decision to adopt the Karnataka State flag".
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It is unfurled every year on November 1, Karnataka's foundation day, and at public places across the state. "I am happy that we finally have a Kannada Baavuta (Kannada Flag)", as quoted by News 18.
Siddaramaiah had countered all opposition to the state flag by questioning if there was any law that said a state can not have a flag of its own. The saffron party had strongly opposed the state flag idea when it was in power in Karnataka, saying it would be against the unity and integrity of the country. "All expressed support and approved the new design of the flag", he said. "We will press upon the Centre to clear this soon", he said.
On June 6, 2017, the Kannada and Culture Department set up a nine-member panel to examine the feasibility and legal issues around the demand. Did BJP people come across any provision,"Siddaramaiah said". "Is there any provision in the Constitution which is prohibiting a state to have its own flag? A long cherished dream is coming true".
However, the BJP's election campaign is being handled by Hindi-speaking central leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah among others, which has not had the same impact as Siddaramaiah's hyper-local campaign.