PM’s Office Minister Satit Wongnontaey on Thursday voiced suspicion that ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra was plotting to oust the government within one or two months.
“Thaksin might have time constraints forcing him to act in haste in order to ensure his survival by bringing about the government’s exit,” he said.
Satit cited factors such as Thaksin’s uncertainty for exile haven and his legal battles, several of which are about to be decided, as reasons for causing political jitters to undermine the government.
He said the government will react with calm so as not to fall prey to Thaksin’s plotting.
Based on remarks of Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Prompan on Wednesday, it was clear about the linkage between Thaksin, the red shirts and the main opposition party to mount a concerted attempt against the government, he said.
Jatuporn gave an interview related to the red-shirt rally scheduled for Sunday. He admitted the Pheu Thai involvement in the red-shirt movement and called for opposition lawmakers to give a more active support in street protests by the red shirts.
Thaksin plotting to oust govt : Satit
PM’s Office Minister Satit Wongnongtaey voiced suspicion yesterday that ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra was plotting to oust the government in the next month or two.
“Thaksin probably has time constraints forcing him to act right away to ensure his survival,” he said.
Satit cited factors such as the uncertainty of Thaksin finding an exile haven as well as legal battles. However, he said, the government would react calmly and not fall prey to Thaksin’s plotting.
Satit said remarks made by Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Promphan on Wednesday clearly linked Thaksin, the red shirts and the main opposition party to a concerted effort to oust the government.
Jatuporn spoke to the media about the red-shirt rally scheduled for Sunday, admitting that the Pheu Thai had a part in the movement and called on opposition lawmakers to actively support the street protests.
Meanwhile, the red shirts yesterday failed to file a complaint with the Central Administrative Court against the government imposing the Internal Security Act. They also failed to find support among residents of Bangkok’s Dusit district, where the security law would be enforced, and will have to wait until people return from a trip upcountry today, Picha Vijitsilp, a lawyer for the group, said.
On Tuesday, the Cabinet decided to impose the law from Friday to Monday.
Jatuporn, also a red-shirt leader, said earlier that his group would file a complaint asking the court to order a temporary injunction for the enforcement of the security law, which they say is unlawful.
Another red-shirt leader, Veera Musigapong, said: “We disagree with the enforcement of ISA. We have the right to protest. Our moves are not going to destroy the country’s economy as claimed by the government.”
By The Nation
Published on August 28, 2009