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Pita Limjaroenrat’s Judgment Day: iTV Shareholding Case Could End or Revive Political Career

Imagine this: a hush falls over the crowd, suspense hanging in the air like the expectation before a thunderstorm. It’s the kind of event that could crackle with electricity at any moment. Wednesday is coming, and with it, the ruling that could shift the political spectrum in Thailand. We’re talking about the Constitutional Court throwing down the gauntlet on the hotly debated media shareholding case against none other than Pita Limjaroenrat, the visionary ex-head honcho of the Move Forward Party (MFP).

Now, let’s get into the juicy details. It’s no Hollywood script, but it might as well be. Pita stands on a razor’s edge – if the court whispers the word ‘guilty’ regarding him moonlighting shares in a media enterprise, specifically the illustrious broadcaster iTV, well, let’s just say it’ll be curtains for his MP career. ‘Goodbye, public office; hello, uncertainty’ – might be the next line in this political drama.

Komsan Phokong, a wizard in legal matters, weaved his predictions on Tuesday, hinting at the possibility of Pita making a comeback, phoenix-style, rekindling his MP flame and potentially nabbing a nomination for the top job in the land – if the court swings in his favor, of course.

But here’s the kicker – Komsan, savvy as ever, speculates that the tide could turn against Pita. Why, you ask? Precedence. It’s like déjà vu all over again with Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from the Future Forward Party’s nostalgic case. Poor Thanathorn got his MP status snatched away over shares in the media game – shares that might as well have been a ticking time bomb when he waltzed up to the Election Commission.

And therein lies the crux of the MFP’s conundrum: party policy is basically ‘No media shares, or no membership card for you!’ So, Komsan paints a bleak picture: a disqualification of Pita could mean the MFP’s been playing political football without a goalkeeper this whole time. And bam! Just like that, we might see the party poof into thin air, with the execs taking a forced ten-year sabbatical – all thanks to the nitty-gritty of organic law.

But wait, there’s a plot twist! The MFP churned out a video faster than a microwave meal claiming Pita, now the chief puppet master, I mean, adviser of the party, isn’t just going to survive this saga – he’s going to conquer it. They’ve even brought opinion polls into the mix, painting him as the belle of the political ball, claiming sinister forces are aligning against him.

Ever played the ‘It’s not a media company if it’s not on air’ card? Well, the MFP just slapped it down, reminding everyone iTV shut its doors back when flip phones were still a thing. But the Election Commission (EC) isn’t buying what they’re selling and has pitched a case to the charter court, even though an internal team recommended they let it slide.

So let’s slice deeper: Pita’s in the ring for allegedly having his hands on 42,000 shares of iTV shares when he threw his hat into the election ring. The twist? He says they were just a family heirloom he was tasked with safekeeping.

But rules are rules, and the constitution is crystal clear – no media shares for those running for office. Pita calls foul play, labeling it a political witch-hunt. He states those shares were part of his late father’s legacy, an inheritance he was merely protecting, not profiting from, and claims they’ve since found a new home with relatives.

With iTV’s lights turned off since ’07 and its business registration hanging by the thread of a good, old-fashioned squabble over money, it’s clear this case is not just about numbers on a ledger. It’s about power, legitimacy, and whether or not Pita will be exiled from the political promised land.

To be continued? Absolutely. The court’s decision will echo through Thailand’s corridors of power, and whatever way it swings, it’s guaranteed to be more gripping than any season finale you’ve binge-watched. Buckle up, my fellow political enthusiasts; this is where it gets interesting.

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