By Thai Newsroom Reporters
A FORMER ELECTORAL STRATEGIST said today (Sept. 29) he aimed at talking 13 MPs of the Palang Pracharath Party into leaving for a brand-new one with intent to help Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha prolong his rule.
Suchart Jantarachotikul, the former electoral strategist for the Palang Pracharath Party in the southern region, confirmed on his Facebook page that he is quietly managing to have the 13 southern Palang Pracharath MPs defect from the ruling party and join the new one in the foreseeable future.
The yet-unnamed party will be launched shortly by retiring undersecretary of interior Chatchai Promlert who is expected to assume the post of party secretary general whereas the post of party leader is speculated to be assumed either by Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda or Prayut.
Suchart is known to have been instrumental in the electoral victories for those southern MPs under the tickets of the Palang Pracharath Party, currently headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan. He is also a former classmate of Prayut’s at Jor Por Ror army academy.
The new party will contest the next election with a top-priority campaign to keep Prayut as its sole candidate for head of a post-election government, he said.
All 50-plus southern constituencies will be a major battlefield in the next race to parliament between the Palang Pracharath Party, Bhumjaithai Party, Democrat Party and Chatchai’s party, among others, according to the former electoral strategist.
Nevertheless, those southern MPs whom Suchart aimed to recruit for the new party are largely known as personally associated with Palang Pracharath Party secretary general Thammanat Prompow.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, left, with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, above, and at the Government House, Home Page. Top photo: Siam Rath, Home Page photo: NNT