PT to grill Mingkwan, Kanok
Pheu Thai Party executives have called a meeting for Tuesday to discuss a petition seeking a Constitution Court ruling on the legality of the charter amendment bill on the composition of the Senate, party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said on Sunday.
- Published: 29/09/2013 at 04:02 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The meeting will also ask two MPs to explain why they did not attend Saturday's parliamentary meeting to vote on the bill in the third reading.
The petition seeking the Constitution Court's ruling on the charter amendment bill, which was passed in the third reading by parliament on Saturday, was filed by the Democrat Party and senators in the Group of 40.
Mr Prompong said the party would discuss the petitions on Tuesday and seek an explanation from party list MP Mingkwan Saengsuwan and Uttaradit MP Kanok Limtrakul as to why they did not attend the third reading.
If they fail to provide a clear explanation, they might be subject to punishment in accordance with the party's regulations. As punitive action, the party could issue a warning or refuse to field them in the next general election, depending on the seriousness of their defiance of the party's order for all MPs to attend the meeting, he said.
Mr Prompong denied Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's accusation that the passage of the charter amendment bill in the third reading on Saturday was an act to undermine a democratic administration, saying it was a distortion of facts.
He dared Mr Abhisit to produce a video clip - showing a Pheu Thai MP voting on behalf of other MPs with electronic cards - for the parliament's ethics committee to examine.
Mr Prompong said the clip, as he saw it, might have been doctored.
The party would also discuss the flood situation and take information from MPs who have visited their home provinces to send recommendations to the prime minister to consider.
Mr Abhisit should not use the flood situation as a political tool to attack the government, he said.
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