Bhumjaithai party refutes claim it pays for new members

Election campaign has yet to start. Yet, some political squabbling has already begun.

The Bhumjaithai party has threatened to sue a former Pheu Thai leading member in the Northeast for defamation after the latter asked the Election Commission to dissolve the party accused of hiring people to apply for memberships.

Bhumjaithai deputy secretary-general Supachai Jaisamut on Monday dismissed the accusation made by Mr Suporn Atthawong, alias Isan Rambo for his political bravado, as false and ill intention to discredit the party.

He insisted that the two men, Pornchai Amnuaysap and Veerasak Wangsupakitkoson, whom Suporn said were being paid by the party for apply for memberships, offered to apply as poll candidates for the party on their own and that the party has not considered their application.

Suporn yesterday submitted a request with the Election Commission to consider dissolving the party for violating the electoral law. Suporn, once a staunch pro-Thaksin politician, has announced he is aligning himself with the pro-military junta political groups and supports Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-on-cha’s return to power after the election.