By Thai Newsroom Reporters
CHONLANAN SRIKAEW was last night (July 22) suggested to keep his word, having earlier said will resign as the Pheu Thai leader, albeit de facto being a nominal one, if his party ever joins ranks with Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan, leader of the Palang Pracharath.
Sita Divari of the Thai Sang Thai last night tweeted to remind Chonlanan of his having publicly vowed to not join hands with the Palang Pracharath to set up a majority government following the May 14 election or else he would quit as the nominal leader of the second largest elected party.
Taking part in a public debate broadcast during a run-up to the nationwide election, Chonlanan offered to resign as the Pheu Thai leader if his party finally joins ranks with the Palang Pracharath, among others, for whatever conceivable reason.
Sita has already circulated a video clip featuring the Pheu Thai leader’s campaign speech which touches on his emotion-filled offer to call it quits in protest of a possible alliance with the Palang Pracharath headed by Prawit Wongsuwan.
Deputy Pheu Thai leader Bhumtham Wechayachai, known as the right-hand man of de facto Pheu Thai party boss/deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Pheu Thai secretary-general Prasert Chanthararuangthong and Chonlanan yesterday held informal talks with the leaders of the Bhumjaithai under de facto party boss Newin Chidchob, the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under de facto party boss/caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the splinter Chart Pattana Kla led by Suwat Liptapanlop in a refreshed bid to set up a Pheu Thai-led coalition government.
Still in the presence of Thaksin’s right-hand man, Chonlanan is scheduled for today to talk with the Palang Pracharath only to evidently contradict the campaign-promised stand which he has earlier adopted against the military-associated party headed by “Uncle Pom”, referring to Prawit by nickname.
Performing as core of post-election coalition partners, the Pheu Thai has lended an ear to a common stand of the approached camps against the Move Forward.
They have offered to join the Pheu Thai-led coalition government on condition that the Move Forward be dumped out of it.
The Move Forward whose leader Pita Limjaroenrat had failed to be voted prime minister in last week’s joint House/Senate meeting despite being the No.1 largest elected party had earlier acted as core of the eight coalition partners and finally conceded the leading roles to Thaksin’s camp.
Top and Front Page: Pheu Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew with Thai Sang Thai Party secretary-general Sita Divari.