Whips ready for Bt2-trillion loan bill, charter amendment proposals
A team of whips has been set up to coordinate parliamentarians for the upcoming joint House-Senate convention to discuss the Bt2-trillion loan bill for infrastructure development and amendments for the Constitution proposed by government MPs and some senators.Meanwhile, Constitution Court judge Charan Pakdithanakul said yesterday judges had yet to meet and find a resolution to the move to change Articles 68 and 237 of the charter, which would affect the mandate of the Constitution Court.
The discussion might take place on Wednesday when the judges have their weekly meeting.
"We haven't talked, but we need to find a resolution so that we can tell them what we think. In the meantime, if any [judge] comments about it, that's a personal opinion," he said.
Joint-whip members include Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanich as whip chairman, plus senators. These include Tassana Boonthong and Pornpan Boonyarattapan (appointed senators), plus Direk Tuengfang (Nonthaburi), who spearheads the charter amendment proposal, Krit Arthitkaew (Kamphaeng Phet), Surachai Chaitrakulthong (Chon Buri) and Pichai Sunthornsajja-boon (Udon Thani).
Government chief whip Amnuay Klangpha, Yasothon MP Peeraphan Palusuk, Nakhon Phanom MP Paijit Sriworakhan, Bangkok MP Vicharn Minchainant, Nonthaburi MP Udomdej Rattanasatien and party-list MP Wiroj Pao-in represent Pheu Thai Party while party-list MP Supachai Jaisamut represents Bhum Jai Thai Party in the whip.
The opposition side includes chief whip Jurin Laksanawisit, Phatthalung's Naris Khamnurak, Yala MP Prasert Pongsuwansiri, Trang MP Sukit Atthopakorn and party-list MP Boonyod Suktinthai.
In a separate development, House Speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont has put forward another version of the Amnesty Bill, which was proposed by Pheu Thai MP Niyom Worapanya, on the agenda to be discussed on Wednesday.
Niyom's version is similar to what was earlier submitted by Pheu Thai MPs led by Worachai Hema, which seeks amnesty for people joining political rallies between September 19, 2006 and May 10, 2011.