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K'taka flag row: CM says BJP, JD(S) quoting non-existent clauses

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Published Jul 19, 2017, 2:28 pm IST
Updated Jul 19, 2017, 2:28 pm IST
Siddaramaiah said demand of separate flag is no way an insult to the national symbol.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah said the state will give as much respect to the National Flag as always. (Photo: File)
 Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah said the state will give as much respect to the National Flag as always. (Photo: File)

Bengaluru: Following the Karnataka Government's demand a separate state flag, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) were quoting non-existent clauses of the Constitution adding, the demand for a separate state flag was in no way an insult to the national symbols of India.

"The demand of a separate flag is in no way an insult to the national symbols of India. We will give as much respect to the National Flag as always. The Constitution has not said anything about having or not having a state flag, so why are the BJP and the JDS quoting non-existent clauses? On June 6, we decided to form this panel (state flag), it was not for any political reason. National flag will always be higher," he said.

 

However, the BJP asserted that the Constitution does not permit such a step.

Karnataka BJP spokesperson, S Prakash on Tuesday said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unnecessarily making controversies over the matter.

"The Constitution does not permit a separate flag for the state. We have a National Flag that we all respect. Hope that the Congress party, which represents the national aspiration, will not indulge in such gimmicks," he said.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Government has constituted a nine-member committee to submit a report to the state government on the possibility of designing a separate flag for the state.

 

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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