Pongsapat rejects governor rumour

Deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen denies he has been approached by the Pheu Thai Party to run in the Bangkok governor election due to be held on Feb 17.

Pol Gen Pongsapat was responding to speculation that he would be picked by Pheu Thai to run in the gubernatorial election when MR Sukhumbhand Parabatra's term as governor expires on Jan 10.

He said Pheu Thai had not approached him.

Even if the party did so, he would have to think very hard because by accepting, he would have to resign from police service, his lifetime career.

For the time being, he could only do his best in performing his duty for the people, said Pol Gen Pongsapat, who is currently serving as secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

On an accusation by Thepthai Senpong, a Democrat MP for Nakhon Si Thammarat, that he was using an official budget for an official project as a pretext for a Bangkok governor election campaign, Pol Gen Pongsapat said the project was intended for the people and had nothing to do with politics.

He said he would continue to carry out the project aimed at forging warm relations between family members as a way to combat drugs.

Earlier Sunday, Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit also denied speculation that the party had eyed either Pol Gen Pongsapat or Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan as the party's candidate.

He said Pheu Thai was still waiting for those in charge of three Bangkok zones to nominate a candidate.

No matter what, the right candidate would be picked in time for the Feb 17 election, Mr Prompong said.

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