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It’s official: Kannada flag only for private use, not recognised: State Govt

Finally, it is made clear. In a submission to the Karnataka High Court by the state government has made it clear that the red and yellow Kannada flag, displayed Kannadigas on Rajyotsava Day and on other cultural occasions, is not officially recognised.

In fact, recognition of the Kannada flag will not be possible under the Constitution of India, which clearly clearly prohibits any other flag other than the national flag will not be allowed, barring some exceptions like army celebrations or diplomatic events.

The State government was forced to withdraw its earlier statement made on the floor of Vidhan Soudha by then Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda that the Kannada flag will be officially hosted on November 1 every year marking the Rajyotsava Day. The whole exercise came under scrutiny by the court following a petition on the flag and its usage by some individuals.

When a petitioner challenged misuse of Kannada flag by the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike president T.A. Narayana Gowda, the case came up before the court which has asked the central government to make its stand clear. Since the recognition and use of any flag other than the national flag “would be against unity and integrity of the country”, the whole issue came into light and the government has submitted to the court that it had withdrawn its decision to hoist the flag officially on Nov. 1.

Final hearing on the case will be held on Nov. 19 by the high court.

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