By Thai Newsroom Reporters
FORMER BANGKOK governor Aswin Kwanmuang could probably be outvoted in the May 22 gubernatorial election only because he is being unknowingly supported by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, albeit in tacit, unsolicited fashion, said a coalition MP today (Apr.2).
Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth posted on his Facebook page to comment that Aswin who has joined ranks of several prominent figures running for Bangkok governor might merely end up as an also-ran among others due to the tacit support so far provided unsolicitedly by Prayut.
Bangkokians may read between the lines around the statements which Prayut made during a recent visit to Khlong Ong Ang market to understand that he has practically offered himself as a canvasser for Aswin without naming names, the Democrat MP remarked.
“But Prayut’s tacit support for Aswin might probably turn out to be a two-edged sword curtailing his votes because Bangkokians would not like unfair play.
“The voters might not pick Aswin for fear that they might probably find themselves bringing Prayut back in power since he has been desperately trying to prolong his rule,” Panich commented.
The coalition MP charged that the Prayut regime might possibly use any state mechanisms available to help the former Bangkok governor contest the race for the top city post albeit behind the scenes.
Running for Bangkok governor are, among others, former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, former senator Rosana Tositrakul, former deputy Bangkok governor Sakoltee Pattiyakul and Aswin, all of whom are running as non-partisan candidates.
Other noted candidates include former King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang rector Suchatvee Suwansawat who is contesting under the tickets of Democrat Party, former MP Sita Tiwari of Thai Sang Thai Party and former MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn of Move Forward Party.
Former Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang. Photos: Naewna