THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l monday l September 20, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late 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 11am today E x p r e s s Ne w s Se 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 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 As for the Aam Aadtaken a strategic call positive message mi Party, it has given to play the caste card to the SCs in UP the post of the Leader before the Assembly of Opposition in Punelections early next year,” a po- jab to an SC, Harpal Singh litical observer said. Cheema, and promised the depPolitical analyst Professor uty CM’s post to the communiAshutosh of Panjab University ty if voted to power in the elecContinued on: P7 said, “The Congress is trying to tions. H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh Muraleedharan sees Karunakaran’s style in Pinarayi E x p r e s s Ne w s Se r v i c e @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” Pinarayi Vijayan’s ability to please all sections of society and take them along. “After Karunakaran, it’s Pinarayi who has mastered the art of balancing the interests of various communities,” the Vadakara MP said while addressing the leadership meet organised by the district Congress committee here. Stressing the need to take all communities along, the former Congress state president said: “We need to keep good relationships with leaders of all communities, as Karunakaran and Oommen Chandy did during ● More on P4 their tenures.” HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? De v a r a j B H i r e h a l l i @Bengaluru Trouble within his party seems to have made 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 MLAs hinted they could join Congress ahead of assembly polls. The developments within JDS may also have an impact on the polls to mayor and deputy mayor posts in Kalaburagi Corporation, which has thrown a ● More on P5 hung House. NATIONWIDE Reopening of schools sep 18 sep 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 35,662 33,798 281 30,773 38,945 309 statewide sep 18 sep 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 19,325 27,266 143 19,653 26,711 152 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) K r i s h n a c h a n d 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 Whistleblower in bank loan fraud goes missing Cardinal calls for end to all controversies Thrissur: Sujesh Kannattu, the whistleblower in the D100-crore loan fraud at Karuvannur Service Coop Bank and CPM former Porathissery local committee member, has gone missing. The police have launched a probe based on kin’s plaint. P4 Kochi: Ten days after the ‘narcotic jihad’ remark by the Pala Bishop triggered heated debates, Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal Mar George Alencherry on Sunday called for an end to all the discussions that affected religious harmony. P4
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