The ruling party of Thailand on February 23 accused the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee of implementing a scheme to overthrow the government of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra by mid-April.

Puea Thai spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said the ruling party has warned of a politically-motivated four-stage scheme aimed at causing clashes between supporters of the government and those who oppose it.

The scheme envisions unseating Prime Minister Yingluck with corruption charges and replacing all the cabinet members with corruption charges to prevent any of them from succeeding Yingluck.

It also aims to nullify the February 2 election results in case a new government is not established within 30 days after the election as provided for by the law, and ban the operation by the 308 parliamentarians who support constitution-amending efforts.

The same day, supporters of the government announced they will have a stronger hand against protesters who are paralising various areas of Bangkok, a move that threatens to further escalate the 4-month-old crisis in Thailand.-VNA