By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DEPUTY PHEU THAI leader Bhumtham Vejchayachai, largely viewed as former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s right-hand man, today (Feb.26) denied he is seeing his boss in Hong Kong over the weekend.
Bhumtham categorically dismissed the hearsay of his visit to Hong Kong over the weekend to see the de facto Pheu Thai boss and excused himself for having been advised by a doctor against travelling due to his poor health.
Thaksin’s right-hand man said he is merely a deputy Pheu Thai leader who cannot do anything about the nationwide contests for MP without prior consent from the party’s executive board.
Bhumtham was apparently responding to the unconfirmed news reports that he was bringing a roster of Pheu Thai candidates running in party-list mode for his boss to see for himself.
Thaksin reportedly arrived in Hong Kong yesterday with intent to monitor today’s Pheu Thai electoral campaign in Chiang Mai, his native town.
His seven-month-pregnant daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra was scheduled among others to deliver a campaign speech to woo popular support in the northern province.
However, the Pheu Thai could possibly be dissolved by court if evidently found to get him somehow involved in the naming of the party’s electoral candidates or other businesses in relation to an upcoming general election in which the de facto party boss has repeatedly predicted a landslide victory for his camp.
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, left in top photo and right in Front Page photo, and deputy Pheu Thai leader Bhumtham Vejchayachai. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon