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Abhisit talked rice yesterday on his trip to the North, while Yingluck tried to clarify her party's police on Bhumjaithai. 

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Abhisit marches into North

Yingluck not closing door on Bhumjaithai

Manop Thip-Osod and Post reporters

Prime Minister and Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday strode into the Pheu Thai stronghold of Phayao province to canvass for votes, drawing a crowd of about 4,000 on the first day of his northern campaign.

Addressing a rally at a municipal sports stadium in Muang district, he said his party was ready to work with everyone equally, including those who do not choose the Democrats.

In its more than two years in power, the government had been patient in running the country and tackling national problems.

He said the party's promises of public welfare policies would be delivered and that reconciliation would forge cooperation that is essential for smooth execution of future policies. He said he had proven a lot of people wrong when the government kept the unemployment rate low.

The Democrats took turns to criticise Pheu Thai's rice mortgage policy, which they said would benefit wealthy intermediaries rather than poor farmers. They also slammed Pheu Thai's rice mortgage programme as impractical, saying that only 20% of farmers would benefit from the scheme which would be open to abuse by intermediaries such as rice millers.

After the campaign stop in Payao, Mr Abhisit was due to travel to nearby Lamphun province to spend the night at Wat Nong Ngeuk in Pa Sang district.
Meanwhile, Pheu Thai's top party-list candidate Yingluck Shinawatra has refused to close the door on the possibility of her party and Bhumjaithai joining forces after the election.

She has dismissed as "personal" remarks by the party's deputy leader that Pheu Thai could not work with Bhumjaithai Party if it won the election.

Deputy Pheu Thai leader Plodprasob Surasawadi said on Tuesday it would be difficult, or even impossible, for Pheu Thai and Bhumjaithai to support each other in government.

The parties were too far apart in their thinking, methodology and ideology, he said. Many Pheu Thai Party members also harboured ill-feelings against the Bhumjaithai Party.

Bhumjaithai is made up largely of politicians under the "Friends of Newin Group", which defected from the People Power Party before it was disbanded for electoral fraud in 2008.

Bhumjaithai switched sides and backed the Democrat Party in order to help it form the coalition government later that year.

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stride (past form: strode) – to confidently with long steps in a particular direction เดินก้าวยาวๆ
stronghold – bastion; an area where there is a lot of support for a political party  ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง
canvass – trying to get support for a candidate or political party in a particular area  หาเสียง  เรียกคะแนนให้
draw – to attract or interest somebody ดึงดูดความสนใจ
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
address – to speak publicly to a group of people  กล่าวปราศรัย
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
municipal – of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
equally – evenly; the same for all อย่างเท่ากัน
patient – able to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset  อดทน
tackle – to make an organised and determine attempt to deal with a problem จัดการ
welfare – help given, especially by the state or an organisation, to people who need it; good care and living conditions สวัสดิภาพ
deliver – to do what you promised to do or what you are expected to do; to produce or provide what people expect you to ทำตามคำสัญญา
reconciliation – a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก,  การสมานฉันท์
forge – to work hard to achieve something สร้างอย่างมานะพยายาม
cooperation – a situation in which people or organisations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them  การร่วมมือกัน
essential – necessary ที่จำเป็น
execution – the act of doing a piece of work, performing a duty, or putting a plan into action การปฏิบัติเพื่อให้บังเกิดผล
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
unemployment rate – the percentage of workers in an economy who do not have a job อัตราการว่างงาน
take turns – (of a number of people) to do the same thing one after the other สลับกัน
rice mortgage policy – a programme in which farmers deposit rice with government and receive a guaranteed high price for their rice การจำนองข้าว
benefit – to give an advantage to someone มีประโยชน์ต่อ
wealthy – having a large amount of money, land, and other valuable things   ที่มั่งคั่ง ร่ำรวย
intermediary – a person or an organization that helps other people or organizations to make an agreement by being a means of communication between them คนกลาง
slam – to strongly criticise someone or something  วิพากษ์วิจารณ์อย่างรุนแรง
impractical – of something that cannot be done or used easily or effectively ซึ่งไม่มีประสิทธิภาพเมื่อนำมาใช้งานจริง,ที่ใช้งานไม่ได้
scheme – a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people  แผนการ โครงการ
abuse – the use of something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way การใช้ในทางที่ผิด
rice miller – a person who owns or works in a rice mill  เจ้าของโรงสี
due to – scheduled to มีกำหนด
meanwhile – at the same time ในเวลาเดียวกัน
party-list – 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
candidate – a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
dismiss – to refuse to accept that something might be true or important ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ
remark – something said คำพูด
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
methodology – a set of methods and principles used to perform a particular activity วิธีการ, วิธี, หลักการ
ideology – system of ideas and principles on which a political or economic theory is based แนวคิดอันเป็นรากฐานของสังคม เศรษฐกิจและการเมือง
harbour – to keep a particular thought or feeling in your mind for a long time
ill-feelings – anger between people, especially after an argument or disagreement  มุ่งร้าย,มีเจตนาไม่ดี
defect – to leave a political party, organisation, or country and go to another one  ย้ายพรรค
disband – (of a political party) to end; to stop working together ยุบพรรค
electoral fraud – the crime of cheating in an election การโกงการเลือกตั้ง
switch – to change เปลี่ยน
back – to support สนับสนุน
coalition government – a government formed by two or more political parties working together รัฐบาลผสม

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