kozhikode l monday l September 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l city 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 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 ■ 2009 Definition of a complainant ■ 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 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 Cong plays SC card, chooses Channi Was technical education minister in the outgoing govt; had revolted against Amarinder; to take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today E x p r ess N e w s S e r v ice @ 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 comparative 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 approved 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 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 the state that has already had 15 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency he was Leader of Opposi, tion from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jatdominated 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 combination to re present all communities, castes and regions in the state. Channi was among the four cabinet ministers and several Congress legislators who had raised a banner of revolt against Amarinder Singh saying they do not have faith in him as he has not fulfilled promises made before the 2017 Assembly polls. He had then said that several ministers and MLAs have expressed concern over the unfulfilled promises, including delay in justice in the sacrilege case and the subsequent police firing in 2015, scrapping power purchase agreements and arrest of the big fish involved in drug mafia. Flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat outside Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to lead the government, Channi said, “The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am on Monday .” Govt plans counselling Bid to draw vote banks that for parents & students drifted away over the years send a message of identity and symbolism across all states, esBy passing the chief minister’s pecially Uttar Pradesh where baton to Charanjit Singh Chan- elections are due early next ni, the Congress high command year along with Punjab. UP has appears to be making attempts a big SC vote bank. Uttarato win back the SC and OBC khand, too, is poll-bound and vote banks that drifted away has some SC population. The from the party across the Congress is clearly trying country over the years. try to bring the SC vote If all goes well, Channi bank back.” could be projected as “As far as Punjab is the party’s Dalit face in concerned, it is good polls elsewhere, too. move and will keep the At 32%, Punjab has infighting under conthe highest SC populatrol,” he added. Messaging tion in the country. Given the huge SC for UP Add to that the 18% voter base in Punjab, strength of the back- Congress general the Shiromani Akali secretary ward classes, and they Dal-Bahujan Samaj form a sizeable vote Priyanka Gandhi Party combine has alVadra, who is bank. “With Navjot ready promised to Singh Sidhu, a Jat in-charge of UP, is make a member of the Sikh, as Punjab Con- already trying to community a deputy woo the SCs gress president, and chief minister if voted an SC as chief minis- there. The Channi to power. ter, the Congress has factor will send a The Aam Aadmi taken a strategic call positive message Party has given the to play the caste card to the SCs in UP post of the Leader of before the Assembly Opposition in Punjab elections early next year,” a po- to an SC, Harpal Singh Cheelitical observer said. ma, and promised the deputy Political analyst Professor chief minister’s post to the Ashutosh of Panjab University community if voted to power in said, “The Congress is trying to upcoming elections. H a r p r eet B a j w a @ Chandigarh Muraleedharan sees Karunakaran’s style in Pinarayi E x p r ess N e w s S e r v ice @T’Puram Senior Congress leader K Muraleedharan on Sunday drew a parallel between the style of functioning of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former CM and his father the late K Karunakaran. Muraleedharan described as “extraordinary” the ability of Pinarayi to please all sections of society and take them along. “After Karunakaran, it’s Pinarayi who has mastered the ‘gimmick’ of balancing the interests of various communities,” the MP said while addressing the leadership meet organised by the district Reopening of schools NATIONWIDE sep 19 35,662 33,798 281 30,773 38,945 309 statewide sep 18 sep 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths congress committee here. Stressing on the need to keep all communities in good humour, the former Congress state president said: “It was like that during the terms of Karunakaran and Oommen Chandy We need to keep good . relationships with leaders of all communities.” ● More on P4 sep 18 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 19,325 27,266 143 19,653 26,711 152 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? D e v a r a j B H i r ehalli @Bengaluru Trouble within his party seems to have made senior JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy lean towards the ruling BJP in Karnataka. It was quite evident when he stated on the floor of the Assembly that the rise in fuel prices was inevitable even as the Congress stoked it as a major issue ahead of the legislature session. The party has been suffering from an open rebellion by its senior members like Chamundeshwari MLA G T Deve Gowda and Kolar MLA K Srinivasa Gowda. The two legislators hinted they could join the Congress ahead of Assembly polls. The developments within JDS may also have an impact on the elections to mayor and deputy mayor posts in the Kalaburagi City Corporation, which has thrown a hung House. Yet, Kumaraswamy may take the risk and support BJP. Developments like CM Basavaraj Bommai calling on JDS patriarch HD Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy leading a delegation of party MLAs to the chief minister on the day of corporation poll results indicate BJP is not averse to JD(S). Already the two parties are , in alliance at the Mysuru City Corporation. “But if Kumaraswamy continues to be soft on BJP, it may boomerang as some of the partymen may join Congress,” said a party leader from North Karnataka. Political analyst Sagheer Ahmed said that the chances of JD(S) forming a pre-poll alliance with parties like AIMIM and AAP cannot be ruled out to make up for the loss of its leaders, who switch over to Congress. CardinaL: end all controversies ‘Bishop should withdraw remarks’ Kochi: Ten days after the ‘narcotic jihad’ remark by the Pala Bishop triggered heated debates across the state, Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal Mar George Alencherry on Sunday called for an end to all the controversies that affected religious and communal harmony. “It is Kerala’s tradition that believers of all religions live together in the spirit of brotherhood,” he said. Kozhikode: Kanthapuram A P Aboobacker Musliyar on Sunday said Pala Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt’s ‘narcotic jihad’ comment was wrong and the priest should correct it. “There is no need for mediation in the matter. The person who made a false statement should withdraw it himself,” Aboobacker said. “It is not clear what the government’s position is on the matter,” he said. YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) K r ishnachand K @ T’Puram The state government plans to conduct special counselling sessions at the school level for parents and students to allay fears regarding the reopening of schools amid the pandemic. The sessions planned in association with the health department will be held before November 1, the date announced for reopening of schools. In addition, the government will also initiate an awareness campaign online to assure parents and students that classes will be conducted in a safe and secure environment, strictly adhering to the Covid protocol. General Education Minister V Sivankutty said on Sunday that a comprehensive action plan for reopening schools will be prepared by the department. He said online classes will be held in parallel to offline classes even after the reopening of schools. General education secretary Mohammed Hanish said the counselling sessions will be part of the comprehensive action plan. “The government is giving top priority to the safety of students. As the first step, we will conduct counselling sessions at schools online. The concerns of parents and teachers will be addressed,” Hanish ● More on P4 told TNIE. express read Coop bank scam whistleblower goes missing Thrissur: Sujesh Kannattu, the whistleblower in the D100-crore loan fraud at Karuvannur Service Cooperative Bank and CPM former Porathissery local committee member, has gone missing. His brother lodged a missing person complaint with the police on Sunday. The Irinjalakuda police have registered a case and launched an investigation. His family said after the whole controversy surfaced, Sujesh had received threatening calls. P4 Teacher booked for driving girl to suicide Child marriage: Case registered against four Kasaragod: The Melparamba police have charged a teacher with driving a 13-year-old schoolgirl to suicide. The 25-year-old teacher was allegedly engaged in an inappropriate virtual relationship with the girl. The accused — Usman A, who had been teaching English in a school at Deli in Kasaragod — surrendered before the police on Sunday. P5 Malappuram: One more case of child marriage has been reported in Malappuram district. After coming to know that a 25-year-old man married a 17-year-old girl studying in Plus Two, the Karuvarakundu police registered a case against four persons — the groom, his parents and a qasi who officiated in the marriage ceremony held last week — based on a tipoff on Saturday. P5
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