Khunying Sudarat Keyurapant (pictured here with her father) has made it clear she is not running in the upcoming Bangkok governor election despite calls from groups of MPs, and members of the Bangkok Municipality's assemblymen.
Writing in her Facebook, Sudarat insisted that she had not as speculated gone to Hong Kong to ask former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra to field her in the imminent election of a new governor for the capital.
"I have not asked anybody, including Khun Thaksin or anybody else in the Pheu Thai Party to field me," she declared, adding that her main mission is to complete her major restoration work of Lord Buddha's Birth Place.
She admitted to being upset when she was described by certain supporters that she had abandoned her responsibility by turning down the offer.
"I have been called a commander who flees the battlefield while I should in fact be leading the fight. That's not me. I don't have to tendency to jump ship or abandon my friends of betray anybody," she said, confirming that she simply can't comply with the urging of some groups of supporters in the party."
Sudarat has pledged to continue her work in the political field by getting involved in "public policy" issues so that she could serve as a "voice for the public."
Sudarat's announcement leaves Police Gen Pongsapat Pongchaoren, the deputy police chief, as the only outstanding candidate for Pheu Thai Party to compete in the city election against incumbeng governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Baritpatra of the Democrat Party. Unless there are last-minute changes within the ruling party, of course.