By Thai Newsroom Reporters
INDUSTRY MINISTER-CUM-SAMMIT Group co-leader Suriya Juangroongruangkit today (Oct. 11) reassured that his faction of MPs inside the ruling Palang Pracharath Party is not going anywhere as close as the Pheu Thai Party.
Suriya confirmed his Sammit Group will definitely stay put with the Palang Pracharath Party, headed by Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, and contest the next general election under the largest coalition party’s banners.
Suriya’s comments apparently dampened speculation that his faction inside the Palang Pracharath Party might probably defect to the Pheu Thai Party and run for MP under the opposition party’s tickets.
Sammit Group MPs will not only stay with Prawit’s camp but continue to proclaim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as candidate for head of a post-election government though he may only have a half term to prolong his rule until 2025, according to the group co-leader.
Apart from Suriya, other leading Sammit Group members currently attached to the Palang Pracharath Party include Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin and Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakhasai, all of whom had earlier joined the rank and file of the Pheu Thai Party before they suddenly defected to the Palang Pracharath Party during a run-up to the 2019 general election.
The unconfirmed rumours surrounding Sammit Group have apparently emerged whilst former deputy agriculture & cooperatives minister Thammanat Prompao has resigned as top leader of the Thai Economic Party from where he is largely expected to lead another exodus of 14 MPs including himself to the Pheu Thai Party.
Thammanat’s clique of MPs could probably add themselves to a decisive number of winning contestants running for MP under the Pheu Thai tickets and see the largest opposition camp come back as core of a post-election government again, given highly speculated “landslide” triumphs in the nationwide race to parliament expected early next year.
Transport Minister-cum-Sammit Group co-leader Suriya Juangroongruangkit. Top photo, Matichon, Front Page photo, Thai Rath