By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PRIME MINISTER PRAYUT Chan-o-cha today (Jan.24) downplayed criticism that he himself and Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan may be virtually looking to steal the scene from each other in their separate visits to the same provinces throughout the country.
Prayut who has planned to run for an elected prime minister under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart banners said there has been and will be no problem at all about any visits which the Palang Pracharath boss and himself may take on the same day to any constituencies nationwide.
“I didn’t tie up his legs and he didn’t tie up mine. I can go anywhere and he can go anywhere in this country,” Prayut said, referring to Prawit who will most likely be named Palang Pracharath contender for prime minister.
Prayut who is looking to retain power for two more years as allowed by law after the next general election made his comments prior to his planned visit as partisan candidate for head of a post-election government to Chumphon scheduled for the same upcoming Saturday as that of Prawit’s.
Prayut who is scheduled to launch his first campaign speech on Saturday afternoon in the southern province said he would never mind sharing the same place and time with the Palang Pracharath boss who concurrently acts as deputy prime minister.
Meanwhile, Prawit who is scheduled to visit Chumporn on Saturday morning reassured that the “fraternal” relationship between the Ruam Thai Sang Chart candidate and himself will never be affected by electoral contests and that he and Prayut still talk with each other on a daily basis.
There have already been a few places in the provinces and Bangkok where Prawit had visited days or even hours before Prayut did in what was largely viewed as sort of a scene-stealing tactic in respective effort to woo popular support during a current run-up to the general election.
Prayut confirmed he could practically tell an official visit which he may spend as prime minister from a partisan visit which he may take as a Ruam Thai Sang Chart candidate so he will not break the law pertaining to the election for MPs.
Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, and Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Palang Pracharath Party boss Prawit Wongsuwan, left.
Front Page: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Both photos: Thai Rath