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Future Forward accuses Bhumjaithai Thai of trying to poach its MPs

Feb 25. 2020
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul
Piyabutr Saengkanokkul
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By THE NATION

A former leader of the now-dissolved Future Forward Party (FWP) has accused ruling coalition partner Bhumjaithai Party of trying "to steal" its MPs.

Former Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul tweeted on Tuesday (February 25) that nine MPs of his now-defunct party were approached by Bhumjaithai, who persuaded them to join their party. “Last week I met with veteran politicians from Bhumjaithai who showed their support to the FWP, but today they just are blatantly stealing our people,” Piyabutr tweeted.

The Constitutional Court on February 21 ordered the dissolution of Future Forward Party over Bt191.2 million loans given by the party’s leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, which was a violation of 2017 Organic Law on Political Parties. The court also revoked the party executives’ right to contest any elections for 10 years and prohibited them from registering a new party for the same length of time.

Meanwhile, Thanathorn posted his reactions on Facebook to the incident of Future Forward Partylist MP Bencha Saengchantra coming forward and playing to the press a sound clip of a telephone conversation between her and an unidentified man. The man reportedly offered up to Bt23 million for Future Forward MPs to switch parties. “In Thailand, not many people have Bt23 million, therefore it is more than enough to persuade someone to do whatever you want, including buying off MPs probably as a leverage to get a minister position,” he said. “Bencha is a brave person to come forward with the evidence and reveal the truth to the public. I would like to thank her for this bravery, and would like to urge all of us to keep her safe from any dark power that might harm her just because she spoke the truth.”

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