Bill remarks spur filing of petition
A ruling-Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) member has filed a petition with the Constitutional Court seeking to dissolve the Move Forward Party (MFP) over offensive remarks its MPs allegedly made during a House session scrutinising the budget expenditure bill for next year.
The petition was lodged by Ruangkrai Leekitwattana via the Election Commission yesterday.
He said there are many grounds for the disbanding of the MFP due to its members' inappropriate remarks during the budget review of Section 36 of the bill earlier. The section pertains to funds earmarked for spending by state units under the monarchy, he said.
Mr Ruangkrai said the remarks should not have been passed on to the public as decided by the majority of members of the budget scrutiny panel.
It remains unclear what the remarks were. However, MFP politicians allegedly relayed the remarks in a post on their Facebook pages, highlighting rights and freedom.
The act, which breached the Political Parties Act, was seen as having been perpetrated by the party since the politicians who posted the remarks were its representatives, Mr Ruangkrai said.
He added the act may have also subverted the country's rule, noting that the Supreme Court has handed down a ruling in a similar case.
Mr Ruangkrai said he has gathered enough documentary evidence to present his case to the court.
MFP secretary-general Thawatchai Tulathon said the MFP MPs had performed their roles and duties honestly as authorised by the House of Representatives.