Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen was officially unveiled as the ruling Pheu Thai Party's candidate for the Bangkok governor race amid accusations that he stole a radio while in the US.
Straighten your collar: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra helps Pongsapat Pongcharoen put on a Pheu Thai membership jacket as he is officially unveiled yesterday as the party’s candidate for the March 3 Bangkok governor election. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Pol Gen Pongsapat arrived Tuesday at Pheu Thai headquarters to apply for party membership. About 100 waiting supporters handed him baskets of roses.
The media grilled Pol Gen Pongsapat yesterday about whether the Election Commission will be asked to investigate a claim that he was once convicted of stealing a radio while he was in the US.
The candidate responded that he is ready to explain himself if required and is not worried about the matter.
Pol Gen Pongsapat outlined his vision as potential city governor, saying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra once told him he would be able to bring "unimaginable" changes to Bangkok.
He said he had explored every area of Bangkok over the past 20 years and found many problems have remained unsolved and are only becoming worse.
He said that as a Bangkok resident he wanted to lead a city administration that responded to the government's policies.
He expressed confidence the problems besetting the city can be sorted out with a determined effort and cooperation among all sides.
During his campaign he intends to tell voters how their lives will change for the better if they choose a Pheu Thai candidate for governor. He will present Pheu Thai's policies to Bangkok voters under the campaign slogan of "working with the government seamlessly".
Pol Gen Pongsapat said he will campaign for votes in a constructive and positive manner without engaging in any mudslinging against rival candidates.
He said there was no conflict between him and party elder Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan. He said Khunying Sudarat had advised him on how to solve the city's problems and he is ready to turn to her for counsel on how to run the capital. Khunying Sudarat was earlier regarded as the favourite for the party's nomination, but she withdrew from the running.
Pol Gen Pongsapat dismissed suggestions he was a "power pole", a term recently used by Pheu Thai to boast about its high chances of success in the race. The party claimed that even if it sent a power pole to stand in the election, it was still likely to win.
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