Somkid denies political agenda for Cabinet meeting in Northeast
There is no political agenda in the mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled for July 23-24 in the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said today.
Mr Somkid was speaking to reporters at the Government House in response to suggestions by some political parties that the meeting was part of the attempts to lure former MPs and local politicians to join political parties affiliated with the current military-led administration.
The deputy prime minister said it is not unusual that politicians would see everything from political perspectives. He said the mobile Cabinet meeting is intended for the prime minister to meet people and has nothing to do with politics.
He declined to answer questions whether local politicians are planning to present the government with their projects during the meeting. However, he expected them to tell the government about problems in the area and seek help to resolve them. It is normal for the government and local administrations to discuss these matters, he added.
Mr Somkid said Prime Minister’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool has details about what will be raised for consideration in the cabinet meeting as he is responsible for the area. He insisted that there would be no talks between the government and politicians about politics.