With his party gaining little media attention, the Bhumjaithai de facto leader decided to speak out on his own and recieved some harsh words in response.
Bhumjaithai spokesman Supachai Jaisamut fits a helmet onto the head of caretaker Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul, also the leader of the Bhumjaithai Party, as he chaired a party event to launch troops of taxis and motorcycle taxis to woo voters in Bangkok yesterday. APICHIT JINAKUL
Big boys round on Newin
Premiership prediction comes under heavy fire
Bhumjaithai de facto leader Newin Chidchob has come under heavy fire from the two major parties over his controversial premiership prediction.
The political limelight also appears to have been stolen, at least for the time being, from Pheu Thai Party's likely contender for prime minister and current darling of the media, Yingluck Shinawatra.
According to Mr Newin's theory, in the end the Pheu Thai Party will not nominate Ms Yingluck as its prime ministerial candidate, to lessen the pressure from its opponents, even though he said Pheu Thai would gain the most seats in the July 3 poll.
Mr Newin also forecast that Abhisit Vejjajiva, after being defeated in the election, would resign to show responsibility and not compete for the premiership.
Mr Newin has directed attention for the moment away from Ms Yingluck, the sister of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Ms Yingluck has taken the media by storm since her introduction as Pheu Thai's No.1 party list candidate last week. The party has been selling the idea of the country's first female prime minister with a vengeance.
But political circles are now abuzz with Mr Newin's controversial prediction which has also drawn tremendous flak from the two main parties.
Democrat Party leader Mr Abhisit yesterday dismissed Mr Newin's prediction as nothing but an attempt to court media attention.
"It is possible Bhumjaithai is a small party and isn't getting enough space [in the media spotlight]. He may be trying to attract attention," he said.
However, the caretaker prime minister was clearly upset with Mr Newin's prediction that the Democrats would only capture 160 seats in the election.
"There is no accuracy in his prediction. He should go back to running his football team," said Mr Abhisit.
He was referring to the top-ranked Buriram PEA football club that Mr Newin co-founded after he was banned from politics for five years.
Democrat list candidate Ong-art Klampaiboon yesterday said the Democrats are sticking with their choice of Mr Abhisit. "The party has complete confidence in Mr Abhisit. It doesn't have any other plans," he said.
Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said that Mr Newin's comment was simply an attempt to damage the party.
He said Pheu Thai's popularity is on the rise following the unveiling of Ms Yingluck as its candidate for prime minister.
He said that Mr Newin's prediction was nothing but fantasy.
"Don't take it seriously because it's from someone with a vested interest. It could be his fantasy. The party will not nominate anyone else," he said.
He said Ms Yingluck's nomination as the party's candidate for premier was a party resolution.
Mr Newin's prediction has raised speculation about a third choice for premier and has invited people to look at the alternatives.
Sanan Kachornprasart, chief adviser of the Chartthaipattana Party, and Purachai Piumsombun, No.1 list candidate of the Rak Santi Party, have emerged as possible choices.
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caretaker – in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen รักษาการ
chair – to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
troops – normally large numbers of soldiers, but in this case it refers to groups of taxi drivers and motorcycle taxi drivers
woo – to try to get the support of someone หาเสียง, ขอคะแนน
round on – to suddenly speak angrily to somebody and criticize or attack them พูดหรือกระทำด้วยความก้าวร้าว
premiership – the position of prime minister นายกรัฐมนตรี
prediction – a statement about what you think will happen in the future คำพยากรณ์,คำทำนาย,การพยากรณ์
under fire – being criticised strongly
de facto – a place
controversial – causing disagreement ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดการโต้แย้ง
limelight – a lot of public attention and interest จุดสนใจ
contender – someone or something who competes with other people or things คู่ต่อสู้, คู่แข่ง
current – of the present time ปัจจุบัน
darling – a person who is especially liked and very popular คนโปรด, ขวัญใจ
media – newspapers, television, radio, etc. สื่อ
theory – one or more ideas that explain how or why something happens สมมติฐาน
nominate – to formally propose someone for a job เสนอชื่อ
candidate – a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
lessen – to reduce; to make something become smaller, weaker, less important, etc. ทำให้น้อยลง
pressure – a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation ความกดดัน
opponent – someone who is competing against you ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
forecast – a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now พยากรณ์
defeated – losing in a competition พ่ายแพ้
resign – to state formally that you are leaving a job permanently ลาออก
responsibility – deserving to be blamed for something that has happened มีความรับผิดชอบ
attention – interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc ความสนใจ
moment – a very short period of time; a particular time or occasionชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
take by storm – to be extremely successful very quickly in a particular place or among particular people สำเร็จอย่างรวดเร็ว
party list (proportional representation system) – a system that gives each party in an election a number of seats in relation to the number of votes its candidates receive ระบบสัดส่วน, ระบบปาร์ตี้ลิสต์
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
with a vengeance – to a greater degree than is expected or usual
circle – a group of people who are connected because they have the same interests, jobs, etc หมู่คณะ
abuzz - filled with noise and activity เต็มไปด้วยเสียงดังอึกทึก
tremendous - very great in amount or level, or extremely good ใหญ่โตมาก
draw flak – to receive criticism ถูกวิจารณ์
dismiss – to refuse to accept that something might be true or important ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ
court – to try to obtain or get something
spotlight – the centre of public attention จุดสนใจของผู้คน, เป็นที่สนใจ
upset – to cause to be very worried, angry or sad about something ทำให้หงุดหงิด
accuracy – the state of being exact or correct; the ability to do something skilfully without making mistakes ความแม่นยำ
rank – to put someone or something into a position according to their success, importance, size etc จัดลำดับ
found – to start an organisation, company, political party etc สร้าง, ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา
co-found – to found something together with someone else
banned – officially not allowed to do something ถูกห้าม
confidence – the quality of being certain ความมั่นใจ
comment – expressing an opinion แสดงความคิดเห็น
simply – just; only
popularity – a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people ความเป็นที่นิยม, ความเป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
unveil – to announce something that was not known before เปิดเผยข้อมูล
fantasy – a pleasant situation that you imagine but that is unlikely to happen การจินตนาการ
vested interest – a special reason for wanting things to happen in a particular way, because you will benefit from this
resolution – an official decision that is made after a group or organisation have voted มติ
speculation – ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen คาดการณ์ ประเมิณสถานการณ์
alternative – another choice ตัวเลือก / ทางเลือก
emerge – to appear ปรากฏออกมา
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