By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DEPUTY PHEU THAI PARTY leader Yutthapong Charatsathian today (May 11) threatened to take legal action against Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan to the extent the largest coalition partner be dissolved for exerting undue influence over another party.
Yutthapong said he might probably file a lawsuit seeking dissolution of the largest coalition party after Prawit has reportedly meddled with a private business of Thai Economic secretary-general Thammanat Prompao.
Prawit who concurrently performs as deputy prime minister told reporters yesterday Thammanat will definitely not dine and talk with Yutthapong or any other opposition members over an alleged conspiracy hatched against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The Thai Economic secretary-general is invariably seen as a protege of Prawit’s though the former has been formally ousted from the latter’s camp due to severe partisan conflict earlier this year.
Yutthapong insisted that Thammanat and the other Thai Economic MPs be practically free of any influence of others, specifically Prawit, now that they have completely departed Palang Pracharath Party.
“How could Khun Prawit possibly get involved in such a business of Thammanat in the first place? (Prawit) might possibly have his own party dissolved for the allegedly undue dominance and influence which he has evidently mounted over another one,” the deputy Pheu Thai leader said.
Yutthapong earlier quoted Thammanat as saying he will definitely join a dinner and talk with him and some other Pheu Thai MPs about the anti-Prayut conspiracy somewhere on May 23.
But news reports of the planned dinner talk had apparently upset the Palang Pracharath boss, prompting him to tell Thammanat to literally keep a distance from the opposition bloc.
Yutthapong said Thammanat has not yet turned down the invitation to the dinner talk after Prawit has publicly made comments against it.
The Thammanat-led Thai Economic MPs alongside a dozen others from splinter parties might possibly revolt against the Prayut regime by either abstaining from voting or even voting against the premier in a censure/no-confidence motion expected in early July.
The 30-plus “renegade” lawmakers who are currently attached to the coalition side could possibly sway a meagre majority of coalition MPs at parliament to the extent that less than half the total lawmakers, accounting for 237, lend votes of support for the embattled Prayut, thus almost immediately obliging him to step down.
Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra has recently forecast that Prayut might probably be “hijacked” at the height of the censure/no-confidence motion by coalition MPs and get replaced by Prawit as a new head of the Palang Pracharath-led coalition government.
Prawit would almost certainly have more chances to succeed Prayut than Deputy Prime Minister/Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul whose party is the second largest coalition partner, if Prayut was practically outvoted in the parliament chamber, Thaksin commented.
The 250 senators all of whom were handpicked by Prawit and the military who seized power in the 2014 coup under leadership of the then-army chief Prayut would very likely vote for the Palang Pracharath leader as prime minister, according to the former premier.
Meanwhile, Prawit reassured today the coalition government will definitely have no problem about the question of a maximum eight-year tenure for Prayut in power.
Prawit did not elaborate as to whether Prayut might eventually stay beyond the upcoming August whereas the Constitutional Court is yet to pinpoint exactly when he will have finished the maximum eight-year term since he began to rule as an unelected premier from that month in 2014.
Top: Deputy Pheu Thai Party leader Yutthapong Charatsathian. Photo: Thai Rath
Home Page: Palang Pracharath Party leader Prawit Wongsuwan, right, and Thai Economic Party secretary-general Thammanat Prompao. Photo: Khao Hoon