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Belagavi/Bengaluru: Serious measures being initiated by Karnataka government to develop a new flag for Karnataka state is expected to evoke a mixed response from all quarters as many doubting the measure that could subvert the national spirit. However, one thing is for sure that Siddaramaiah government is all set to spurn BJP’s`one nation one flag mantra.’

On the recommendations made by veteran journalist and Kannada sympathiser Patil Puttappa and also RTI activist Bheemappa Gadad for a separate flag for Karnataka and giving a legal status to it, the government has constituted a panel of senior officials that comprised Principal Secretary of Kannada and Culture Department, Secretaries of Department of Administrative Reforms, Home Department, Law Department and Parliamentary Affairs, President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, President of Kannada Development Authority, Registrar of Kannada University of Hampi and Director of Kannada and Culture Department. The committee will submit a report to the government on having a separate flag for the state and giving legal status to it shortly. Both Puttappa and Gadad had written to the government to develop a separate flag for Karnataka and urged to give it a legal status.

Many leaders in the state already called it as a `flag politics’ that could inflame regional feelings.