vijayawada 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 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 Jagan’s Sunday punch has TDP on the mat Ruling YSRC humiliates Oppn in MPTC, ZPTC polls; sweeps Kuppam & Tekkali, home turfs of Naidu & Atchannaidu E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ 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 Constituency (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 5,926 out of 7,219 MPTC seats and of the 515 ZPTC seats, for which elections were held, it captured 468. The TDP won 6 ZPTC and 803 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 September 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 468 5,926 TDP 6 803 JSP 1 164 BJP — 26 CPM 1 15 Others 1 154 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 massive victory has been made possible by God’s grace and your blessings... . My responsibility towards every individual in the State had increased further 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 churn in jd(s) NATIONWIDE Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Recoveries Deaths HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? sep 18 sep 19 33,798 38,945 281 309 statewide sep 18 sep 19 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Samples tested 1,174 1,309 9 55,525 1,337 1,282 9 68,568 D e v a r a j B H i r ehall i @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, especially in North Karnataka, it may boomerang as some of the partymen may join Congress,” said a senior 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. e x p r e ss r e a d True-up charges: Interests of consumers, Discoms protected, says APERC Vijayawada: The AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has 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 for the period between 2014-15 and 2018-19. Of the total 1.86 crore consumers, 40 lakh will not be burdened with trueup charges as the State government will bear it, the APERC said | P4 grand send off Devotees taking the 40-foot-tall Khairathabad Ganesh idol for immersion in the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad on Sunday. The Supreme Court on Thursday granted permission for immersion of Plaster of Paris idols in the lake for one-last time this year | S Senbagapandiyan WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) l a r g e st h e r o i n b u st Drug trail leads DRI to Vijayawada firm E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Investigators on an international drug trail inspected a citybased firm after a huge consignment of heroin--which officials claimed could be the largest ever haul in one bust--was confiscated at G u j a r a t ’s M u n d r a p o r t o n Wednesday . Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) visited Aashi Trading Company here after the consignment, reported weighing 2,988.22 kilograms of the banned substance with an estimated street value of Rs 2,000 crore was seized. The consignment that reportedly originated from Afghanistan, and shipped to Gujarat from Bandar Abbas Port in Iran, was addressed to Aashi, located on Gadiyaramvari Street at Satyanarayanapuram in the city Reports said a specific tip. off helped DRI impound the drug. Heroin, weighing 2988.22 kilograms was mixed with talc stone powder, and packed in two containers. The role of Aashi Trading Company is being investigated. The importers had declared that the consignment contained semiprocessed talc stones from Afghanistan, being brought in via the Ira- DRI, state police inspect Aashi Trading Company The impounded consignment of the banned substance was addressed to Vijayawada-based Aashi Trading Company. DRI found heroin in two containers that had arrived in Gujarat from Iran’s Bandar Abbas Port nian port. Based on the input, officials inspected the containers and found 1,999.58 kilograms in one and 998.64 kilograms in the second. Two persons were arrested in the case. Incidentally, the largest haul of heroin in recent times was reported from the Netherlands in February 2021, when officials in Rotterdam found 1,500 kilograms of the banned substance in a container holding Himalayan salt from Pakistan. Confirming the development, State police sources said the DRI checked the firm’s business transactions. Personnel from the State police, too, accompanied the DRI sleuths. “We are verifying the details and activities of the company and other firms associated with it,” a senior police officer said. Congress plays SC card, chooses Channi as cm E x p r e s s N e 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 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 combination to represent all communities, castes and regions in the state. Channi was among the four ministers and several MLAs 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 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. 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 Oath-taking ceremony today Flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat 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.”
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