bhubaneswar 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 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 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 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 the state that has already had 15 churn in jd(s) HDK cosying up to BJP to offset threat from rebels? D e v a r a j B H i r eh a l l 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 espe, cially 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. 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 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency, he was Leader of Opposition from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jatdominated Punjab politics would NATIONWIDE sept 18 sept 19 Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Recoveries Deaths 33,798 38,945 281 309 odisha sept 18 sept 19 Fresh cases 695 623 Recoveries Deaths 756 06 746 07 change the dynamics in the runup 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 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 .” Bid to draw vote banks that 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 khand, too, is pollOBC vote banks that bound and has some SC drifted away from the population. The Conparty across the coungress is clearly trying try over the years. If all try to bring the SC vote goes well, Channi could bank back.” be projected as the par“As far as Punjab is ty’s Dalit face in polls concerned, it is good Messaging elsewhere, too. move and will keep the for UP At 32%, Punjab has infighting under conthe highest SC popula- Congress general trol,” he added. tion in the country. Given the huge SC secretary Add to that the 18% Priyanka Gandhi voter base in Punjab, strength of the backthe Shiromani Akali Vadra, who is ward classes, and they in-charge of UP, is Dal-Bahujan Samaj form a sizeable vote already trying to Party combine has albank. “With Navjot ready promised to woo the SCs Singh Sidhu, a Jat there. The Channi make a member of the Sikh, as Punjab Con- factor will send a community a deputy gress president, and an positive message chief minister if voted SC as chief minister, to the SCs in UP to power. the Congress has taken As for the Aam Aada strategic call to play mi Party, it has given the caste card before the Assem- the post of the Leader of Oppobly elections early next year,” a sition in Punjab to an SC, Harpolitical observer said. pal Singh Cheema, and promPolitical analyst Professor ised the deputy CM’s post to the Ashutosh of Panjab University community if voted to power in said, “The Congress is trying to the elections. Continued on: P7 H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh express read Multiple cyclonic circulations to bring more rains in Odisha Bhubaneswar: After witnessing a flood like situation in the coastal region due to incessant rains in the last one week, Odisha is bracing up for a series of cyclonic circulations over the Bay of Bengal that may trigger further heavy showers across the State during the next 10 days | P3 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) 15-year-old swept away in open drain in Capital city E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The nightmarish struggles of Bhubaneswar residents to cope with rains-induced flooding over the past week took a tragic turn on Sunday when a 15-year-old boy went missing after falling into an overflowing open drain at Satabdi Nagar. The boy, swept into drainage channel no 8 (A) by storm water, remains untraced even after a seven hour-long search. At least 30 fire personnel along with police, staff of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and locals are engaged in the search operation that was called off late in the night and will resume at 6 am on Monday . The incident took place at around 2 pm, when the boy , identified as Joytiprakash Behera of Dhipasahi in Baramunda, was on his way to tuition. He fell into the drain from his bicycle while trying to cross a small culvert that had been overtopped by the storm water following heavy rains. The drain is one of the major storm water channel of the city and the boy was swept in the current. A former corporator of the locality said Jyotiprakash who fell into the drain near lane 7 of Satabdi Nagar was last spotted by some residents near lane 10. The locals immediately called for help to rescue him. Jyotiprakash’s cycle and a slipper were recovered, however, there is no trace of him so far, he said. Jyotiprakash’s father Hrusikesh Behera and other family members are in shock after the incident which has exposed BMC’s failure to cover drains in the city despite loss of human lives during monsoon. In 2019, T Appalama, a 65-year-old lady had drowned in an open drain on the flooded Ekamra Villa road. One Hari Patnaik of Pichupadia slum in Unit-VI had died after falling into an open drain while crossing it in August 2018. Two persons of Patia-Chandrasekharpur area had also died after they were washed away in a drain during monsoon in 2017. Besides, a nine-year-old boy had lost his life in 2015 after he was swept away in an overflowing drain near Mumtaz Ali High School within Nayapalli police limits.
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