Reportedly, in 2014, Patil Puttappa, a 96-year-old veteran journalist and Kannada activist, along with others approached the Karnataka government, demanding a separate official flag for the state. "I am happy that we finally have a Kannada Baavuta (Kannada Flag)", the chief minister told News 18.
A nine-member committee had in February submitted a favourable report recommending such a flag for the state almost nine months after it was constituted.
The flag design will now be sent to the Centre for its approval, following which it can be unfurled in state meetings.
Siddaramaiah further said: "There is no opposition for States to have separate flag in the Constitution".
It also sports the "ganda bherunda" or the two headed eagle in the middle. However, CM Siddaramaiah, who held talks with litterateurs and Kannada activists on Thursday, was successful in convincing most.
Noted writer Ham Pa Nagarajaiah, speaking on the occasion, said that "only State embalm has been maintained since the words "Satya meva jayathe" may not clearly visable when the flag is flying". It is not used during national ceremonies like Republic Day or Independence Day, but people hoist it across the state on 1 November every year to mark the day the state was formed. Once it gets the Centre's approval, the State can unfurl the flag at all official functions.
The new flag of Karnataka has been finalised. Did BJP people come across any provision,"Siddaramaiah said".
In the 1994 Supreme Court case S.R. Bommai v/s Union of India, the apex court said there is no prohibition on states having their own flag. "We will urge the Centre to approve the proposal and make an official announcement at the earliest", Siddaramaiah said.
"Let us not forget that it was the former chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda who initiated the move for identifying a state flag". In 2012, the BJP government gave official status to the state flag through a notification. "A long cherished dream is coming true." said Siddaramaiah. He also said that there are no legal complications.
"This flag will be flown below the national flag", he added.