tirupati l monday l september 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l anantapur EDITION only beneficiaries can file deficiency in service plea The Supreme Court said not everyone can file a complaint against a hospital/doctor on behalf of other family members limits to the concept of Joint Hindu Family Definition of a complainant The court dismissed the plaint of the head (karta) of a Joint Hindu Family (JHF) on the ground that under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, he was not the beneficiary of the service availed of from a hospital. “The concept of JHF doesn’t extend to the treatment of a pregnant sister in-law,” a bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramaian said ■ ■ The SC noted the karta didn’t fit the definition of a complainant in the strict sense as it meant any person who hired or availed of any services for a payment and included a beneficiary of services The karta had filed a complaint against a clinic alleging deficiency in service in the treatment given to his sister-in-law 2009 national Consumer Disputes panel had dismissed the complaint CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI YSRC electoral blitzkrieg decimates TDP Ruling party humiliates Oppn in MPTC, ZPTC polls; sweeps Kuppam & Tekkali, home turfs of Naidu & Atchannaidu Express News Service @ Vijayawada Continuing its winning streak, the ruling YSRC has relegated the TDP to the margins as it swept the Mandal Parishad Te r r i t o rial C onstituency (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) elections, when the results were announced on Sunday . Though the polls were conducted on April 8, the counting of votes had been stayed due to legal hurdles till the Andhra Pradesh High Court cleared the way on September 16. When reports last came in, YSRC has won 5,683 out of 7,219 MPTC seats and of the 515 ZPTC seats, for which elections were held, it captured 413. The TDP won 6 ZPTC and 760 MPTC seats. In further embarrassment to the TDP, the YSRC made a clean sweep in Kuppam Assembly constituency, the bastion of its chief N Chandrababu Naidu, by win- ning all the four ZPTC seats and 62 of the 65 MPTC seats. The ruling party won Gudipalli, Kuppam, Shantipuram and Ramakuppam ZPTCs. In all, it bagged 17 of the 19 MPTC seats in Kuppam mandal, besides all the 12 MPTC seats in Gudipalli, 16 in Ramakuppam and 17 of the 18 MPTCs in Shantipuram mandal. The TDP could only manage two MPTCs in Kuppam and one in Shantipuram. The results were no different in Tekkali constituency the home , turf of TDP state chief K Atchannaidu. The YSRC won all the four ZPTCs (Tekkali, Nandigam, Santabommali and Kotabommali) and won 72 of the 78 MPTCs, while TDP could win only four MPTCs. The trend was more or less the same in other Assembly segments. After its resounding victory in the Assembly and general elections in 2019, the YSRC has been on a roll, retaining Tirupati in the by-election, Elections to MPP and ZP chiefs on Sept 24, 25 Vijayawada: State Election Commissioner Nilam Sawhney on Sunday issued notifications for the election of Mandal Praja Parishad presidents and vice-presidents and Zilla Parishad chairpersons and vice-chairpersons. The MPP presidents and vicepresidents will be elected on September 24, while ZPTC members will elect Zilla Parishad chairpersons and vice-chairpersons on September 25. District Collectors have been directed to issue notifications for the election of MPP presidents and vice-presidents on September 20 and for ZP chairpersons and vicechairpersons on September 21. Members will also be co-opted to MPPs and ZPs on September 24 and 25. Election results at a glance 13 districts ZPTCs MPTCs Total 660 10,047 Polls held 515 7,219 YSRC 413 5,683 TDP 6 760 JSP — 121 BJP — 25 CPM 6 15 Others 1 151 YSRC cadre celebrates the party’s win in MPTC and ZPTC polls at Tadepalli | EXPRESS recording a landslide in municipal elections and panchayat elections, and now, sweeping the MPTC and ZPTC polls. YSRC’s victory was expected but the magnitude of the same prompted party leaders to assert that their vote-share exceeded 50 per cent -- more than they had cornered in the 2019 elections. The party won in both urban and rural areas, and the results appeared to be an extension of its performance in municipal and panchayat elections. The party leaders credited Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s slew of welfare schemes aimed at various sections of the society, mostly through Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, for the results. Another reason being cited was the government’s handling of Covid-19. “The landslide reflects the endorsement of people’s faith in the good governance of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Minister ,” for Panchayat Raj Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy said. P4 This election victory has been made possible by God’s grace and your blessings... . My responsibility towards every family has further increased The results show that when a government is on the right path, any number of lies or conspiracies will fail and people will continue to pin their faith in the government The landslide in the MPTC and ZPTC elections reflects the endorsement of people’s faith in the good governance of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy — YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Govt Advisor Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Minister for Panchayat Raj Discom faces tough task of `1.8K cr dues recovery C P V e n u g o pa l @Anantapur Recovery of a whopping `1,858 crore pending electricity dues from various government offices in the district has posed a challenge to APSPDCL. Despite repeated notices and reminders issued by APSPDCL, the power dues remain uncleared. The Handri Neeva Sujala Sravanthi (HNSS) office alone has owed `716 crore to APSPDCL, while the total dues of the 11 civic bodies have amounted to `162.42 crore. According APSPDCL officials, the total pending electricity dues from government offices are `1,213 crore. The Rural Water Supply Department has owed `244.75 crore, Sathya Sai Water Supply Scheme `212.39 crore, education department `2.26 crore, medical and health department `5.72 crore a nd reve nue department `1.37 crore to the D i s - com. T he HNSS project consumes electricity worth `13 crore to `14 crore per month, while the RWS power bill is `4.6 crore. But they do not pay the power bills promptly which has re, sulted in accumulation of dues. The total power bill dues of all panchayats in the district to the Discom are `482.07 crore. When contacted by TNIE, APTransco Superintending Engineer Nagaraju maintained that the government offices are not responding promptly to notices issued by the Discom seeking clearance of pending bills. “We disconnected power supply to the municipal office in Kalyandurg recently due to its failure to clear the dues. The municipality has cleared part of the dues to get power supply restored,” he said. express read Interests of consumers, Discoms protected: APERC Vijayawada: The APERChas stated that protection of consumer interests and strengthening of power utilities are its twin objectives in permitting Discoms to collect `3,669 crore as true-up charges. Of the total 1.86 crore consumers, 40 lakh will not be burdened with true-up charges as the State government “will bear the burden”, it said. NATIONWIDE sep 18 sep 19 Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Recoveries Deaths 33,798 38,945 281 309 tamil nadu july 19 july 20 Fresh cases 1,971 1,904 Recoveries Deaths 2,558 28 2,439 30 Congress plays SC card, chooses Channi as cm E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ Chandigarh Ending intense speculation on Capt Amarinder Singh’s successor a day after he was forced to resign, Charanjit Singh Channi (48), a member of the Scheduled Caste community was on Sunday elected the Punjab , Congress Legislative Party leader. He will take oath of office and secrecy as chief minister at 11 am on Monday He is a compara. tive political lightweight and will hold office for just a few months before the state goes to polls early next year, one reason why Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was happy with the choice. Earlier in the day AICC observers had ap, proved a proposal to elevate Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as chief minister, but Sidhu spiked it, as the former was seen as a heavyweight who could overshadow him in the run up to the Assembly elections. Channi, the technical education minister in the outgoing ministry was the dark horse , in the race. He will be the first SC (Ramdasia Sikh) leader ever to become the chief minister of the state that has already had 15 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency he was Leader of , Opposition from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jat-dominated Punjab politics would change the dynamics in the run-up to the Assembly elections, as SCs have 32% vote share in the state. Sources said the decision to appoint an SC as the CLP leader came after hours of deliberations on the best possible candidate. Charanjit Singh Channi Historic!! Punjab’s first Dalit CM-Designate… Will be written with Golden letters in History. A tribute to the spirit of the Constitution and the Congress!! Congratulations @ CHARANJITCHANNI Bai Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Cong president
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