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Abhisit keen for debate with Yingluck

Posted by arnon_k On May - 30 - 2011

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday called on the Pheu Thai Party to take notice of the people’s call for a debate between him and the party’s No.1 list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra.

Mr Abhisit said this while helping Nat Bantadtan, a Democrat candidate running in Bangkok’s constituency 15, campaign at the Bang Kapi market and a Saen Saep canal boat landing at Wat Sriboonruang temple.

Mr Nat is a son of Banyat Bantadtan, a core member of the Democrat Party.

Asked about a poll result showing the people wanted to see Ms Yingluck take part in a debate, Mr Abhisit said the Pheu Thai Party should heed the people’s call. He said he was ready for any debate.

Askd about opinion surveys intended to gauge the respective popularity of political parties competing in the July 3 election, Mr Abhisit said the pollsters should clearly identify areas and target groups for every survey.

He said the Democrat Party did not yet have a plan for the formation of a new government because the result of the polls were still not known.

The caretaker prime minister called for all sides to maintain a good atmosphere during the election campaign. He said he had asked police to look into all bomb threats, adding some of them might not be related to politics.

Mr Abhisit also said Suthep Thaugsuban, the Democrat Party secretary-general, had never made any insulting remark about anyone, including Maj-Gen Sanan Kachornprasart, chief adviser of the Chartthaipattana Party.

He asked the media to be careful how they present the news after an interview.

Witthaya Buranasiri, a Pheu Thai candidate running in Ayutthaya’s constituency 4 and former opposition chief whip, said his party was ready to form a government with any other party.

He was commenting on a report that Chart Pattana Peua Pandin and Chartthaipattana parties had said they would be glad to join a government if Pheu Thai won the election.

Mr Witthaya, however, said he did not want to talk about parties joining to form a government at this time, but would rather wait to see the election results first.

As for the Bhumjaithai Party, Mr Witthaya admitted that the paty had hurt Pheu Thai on many issues and believed the people also knew about what happened between the two parties.

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