By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY today (Oct. 1) expressed strong opposition to the handing over of certain agencies of the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who concurrently performs as leader of the Palang Pracharath Party.
Democrat Party spokesman Ramet Ratanachaweng commented that the coalition partner has definitely not agreed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha having recently assigned Prawit in charge of four agencies of the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry in place of former deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister Thammanat Prompow who was earlier deposed from his cabinet.
Ramet insisted that Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit take charge of those agencies, namely the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department, the Agricultural Land Reform Office, the Land Development Department and the Marketing Organisation for Farmers, as long as Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on shares the same party with the deputy premier.
Jurin and Chalermchai concurrently assume the posts of leader and secretary general of the Democrat Party respectively.
Ramet commented that the line of command between Chalermchai and Jurin would be unduly compromised if the agriculture and cooperatives minister was practically obliged to report to the Palang Pracharath Party leader instead of the Democrat Party leader and that the coalition government’s running of the country might not go on very smoothly due to such inter-party conflict.
Top: Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit who is also the head of the Democrat Party. Photo: NNT
Home Page: Deputy Prime Minister and Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan. Photos: Siam Rath