By Thai Newsroom Reporters
GIGANTIC ROADSIDE BILLBOARDS portraying Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan were merely designed as a publicity campaign for the largest coalition partner and the deputy prime minister, said a deputy party leader today (Apr 10).
Digital Economy & Society Minister/deputy Palang Pracharath leader Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn said the huge billboards erected along major highways on Bangkok’s suburbs and in the provinces featuring a picture of Prawit and his well-wishing messages to Songkran festival revellers do by no means imply a political undertone, particularly pertaining to the next general election.
Nevertheless, those roadside signs featuring the Palang Pracharath leader might be sort of a surprise in the eye of road travellers leaving the capital or nearby areas for the provinces over a lengthened weekend to celebrate Songkran festival, according to the deputy party leader.
“Our party has remained quiet for a while and now we’re running a publicity campaign for ourselves, given the fact the general election is less than a year away. Every party has put up roadside signs,” Chaiwut said.
Chaiwut declined to comment whether Prawit might probably offer himself as candidate for head of a post-election government in lieu of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha whom Palang Pracharath Party successfully named prime minister following the 2019 election.
He said the three members of the powerful Group of Sam Por will hold private talk to pick a candidate for premier among themselves. That refers to a trio of “beloved brothers”, namely Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, Prawit and Prayut, all of who graduated from the same Jor Por Ror army cadet school and were army officers at the same Burapha Payak army barracks.
One of the gigantic billboards showing Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan wishing people a Happy Songkran. Photo: Matichon