Bengaluru, March 8: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday unveiled the design of new state flag. The move came just a few months ahead of Assembly elections scheduled for April-May. The Chief Minister held a meeting with the Kannada organisation to take them into confidence before sending the proposal to the Union government. Also Read - Paw-fect! Karnataka Police Gears up For Admission of 50 Dogs to Strengthen The Squad

After being approved by the Centre, it will be announced as the state flag. Also Read - Temples to Open in Karnataka From June 1, Fairs And Fests to Remain Restricted

On July 18, the Karnataka government constituted a nine-member committee to submit a report to the state government on the possibility of designing a separate flag for the state.

The committee was constituted after a representation was submitted to the state government by journalist-writer and president of Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharward, Patil Puttappa and social worker Bheemappa Gundappa Gadada.

They had urged the government to design a separate flag for Kannada ‘naadu’ and accord statutory standing for that.

With inputs from Agencies