Governor Sukhumbhand unperturbed by party’s ex-communication decision

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Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra will carry on with his work despite the fact that the Democrat Party has decided to ex-communicate him.

The governor’s private secretary, Mr Wasant Meewong, said Thursday that he wondered the decision was made by the party or was it done by some individual party members.

He explained that the governor had not attended party meetings because it was against the junta’s order banning political gatherings. He claimed that the governor had been in contact with party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva for discussions on several occasions and, therefore, there was no justification for the governor’s ex-communication.

Regarding corruption allegations against the city administration as cited by some Democrats, Mr Wasant said that the City Hall had been cooperative all along with parties concerned in probing the alleged corruption cases. He added that he didn’t understand why they were raised again this time and suspected that it might be an attempt by some party members to force the hand of the prime minister to remove the governor.

The governor’s political standpoint remains unchanged and he will not retaliate against his accusers, said Mr Wasant, adding that the governor is due back tomorrow from a visit to Portugal to ink a Sister City agreement between Bangkok and Lisbon.