- There is no Act on state flags, the law minister said
- Even, the Acts are silent on state anthem too, he added
- The minister said decision of a state flag will be taken after deliberations as it has already faced outrage
Speaking to the media after the cabinet meeting, Jayachandra said there is no Act that prohibits a state’s individual flag.
“There are three main Acts which govern the issues of flags and flag hoisting. While it speaks of the National Flag and its protocol, the Acts remain silent on the issue of states having its own flag. It is a grey area,” said Jayachandra.
“Since this is the case, I think there is no problem in Karnataka having its own flag,” he said.
He, however, said his department will deliberate into the legal precedences and other judicial directives before taking any decision.
The seasoned politician also commented that the state anthem also was under the same predicament without any official status.
“But we do sing it at public events. It is for Karnataka’s consumption that there is a state anthem. But this anthem is not given any official recognition by the Constitution or the judicial process,” he said.
Jayachandra said he will now call for the first meeting of the committee formed by the Kannada and Culture department to discuss the legalities and constitutional concerns raised in the public and by opposition, before asking the committee to take it forward.