Bengaluru: Kalyan Karnataka Horata Samiti workers were detained in Kalaburagi on Thursday for hoisting the new Kannada flag and protesting in support of a separate state of north Karnataka. The new Karnataka flag was hoisted in the state by members of the socio-cultural organisation in commemoration of the Kannada Rajyotsava. November 1, which marks the Karnataka Formation Day, is declared a government holiday in the state. Also Read - Karnataka Assembly Election 2018: CM Siddaramaiah Unveils Design of New State Flag
Kalyana Karnataka member Vinod Kumar told ANI, “We will hoist a new Karnataka flag on Kannada Rajyotsava. We are demanding a separate state for the North Karnataka region comprising of six districts as there has been no development in this part of the state.” Also Read - Karnataka Flag Row: CM Siddaramaiah Asserts Nothing Wrong in State Flag
The north-east part of Karnataka is the Kannada-speaking part of the Hyderabad state. Also known as the Hyderabad-Karnataka, issues have sprung up many a time over separate statehood for North Karnataka. Earlier in the year, a forum called Uttara Karnataka Pratyeka Rajya Horata Samiti (North Karnataka Separate Statehood Protest Committee) observed bandh in several districts of Karnataka seeking separate statehood. A nine-member committee was constituted by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka to design the official red-and-yellow Kannada flag.
The demand for a separate statehood grew with vigour as leaders claimed that the Kumaraswamy-led government was practising the politics of partiality and doing injustice to North Karnataka in the state budget. According to the Constitution, a state can have its own flag provided it does not dishonour the national flag. In addition, the state flag should always be hoisted below the Indian tricolour.
(With ANI inputs)