Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that he was not opposed to states having their own flags, as long as they observed a system of checks and balances.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Tharoor said there should be clear rules that flag of state cannot be a substitute of the national flag and it should be smaller and fly lower.
So as long as there are set rules for it I don't see any issue in states having their flags, Tharoor added.
There should be clear rules that flag of state cannot be substitute of national flag and it should be smaller and fly lower: Shashi Tharoor pic.twitter.com/VC8ueK6t9X— ANI (@ANI_news) July 23, 2017
This issue emerged after a recent controversy when Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah raised the demand for a separate flag for the state in the face of mounting pressure from pro-Kannada activists. While the BJP has objected to this demand, Siddaramaiah rebutted by enquiring if there is any provision in the Constitution that prohibits the state from having its own flag.