The government took a step towards setting up a nine-member panel to design a "legally acceptable" flag for the state, stoking a fresh controversy.
"The Constitution has not said anything about having or not having a state flag, so why are the BJP and the JD (S) quoting non-existent clauses?" he questioned.
The Karnataka government's decision to form a committee to look into the demand is a departure from the stand taken by the state's earlier BJP (Hindu nationalist) government.
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said that the Congress government in Karnataka should be dismissed as the move is against Constitution.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer and constitutional expert Pavani Parameswara Rao on Tuesday asserted that Karnataka can have its own flag as there is no restriction in the Indian Constitution. Both the officials have been shunted out of their respective posts by the state government, which has already ordered a probe into the charges, after they were locked in a bitter public spat.
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In addition, they argue that considering all states have their own insignia and many states also have their own anthems, would having a state flag make a big difference? "If BJP is opposed to it then can they say openly that they are against a state flag", the Chief Minister said. Is the demand for an official state flag against concept of one nation?
He told reporters that a committee had been constituted to examine the legality of giving official status to the widely used red and yellow flag in Karnataka.
People of Karnataka have been using an unofficial flag since the 1960s during a pro-Kannada agitation.
If the state government does have its way, Karnataka will become the second state after Jammu and Kashmir to have its own flag.
"As the Constitution does not bar states from having their own flag for a separate identity, we will consider it if the panel recommends", he said in a statement. "I have faith in the federal system of the country". "India is one nation, and there can not be two flags in one country", former Karnataka Chief Minister and Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda told The Times of India. Strong states or provisioning to have state flags will not weaken the nation but in other way it will strengthen the nation.