By Thai Newsroom Reporters
PHEU THAI LEADER Chonlanan Srikaew admitted today (Aug.7) one of his party’s electoral campaign catchphrases saying “Drive Out the Mouse, Smite the Cobras” was merely tongue in cheek.
That Pheu Thai electoral catchphrase which metaphorically likened Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul to “the mouse”, given his Thai nickname Nu which literally translates in English as mouse, and compared any unreliable, kickback-taking, party-hopping politicians to “cobras” was remarkably used in the latest partisan campaign during the run-up to the May 14 election throughout Isaan or the northeastern region.
According to the Pheu Thai leader, the voters would not take pithy campaign slogans, particularly “Drive Out the Mouse, Smite the Cobras”, too seriously since they were merely coined and used as a tongue in cheek to help with the party’s vote-wooing tactics.
Chonlanan said such campaign catchphrases had been primarily used to give the Pheu Thai candidates an edge in competition against their rivals in the race to parliament.
Pheu Thai campaign speakers had unrelentingly lambasted a number of “cobras” especially those running in Isaan constituencies, either elected or not, for having left the Pheu Thai for the “mouse’s” party under de facto boss Newin Chidchob amidst allegations of having been “bought out.”
Chonlanan made his comments during today’s press conference at the Pheu Thai headquarters where Bhumjaithai secretary-general Saksayam Chidchob and Anutin officially declared to join a Pheu Thai-led coalition government and vote Pheu Thai candidate Srettha Thavisin for prime minister.
Phue Thai leader Chonlanan Srikaew, right, holding hands of Bhumjaithai leader Anutin Charnvirakul, left, at today’s press conference while at left is a Pheu Thai campaign poster carrying the slogan “Drive Out the Mouse, Smite the Cobras”. Photo: Matichon