Pheu Thai Party should try to block a red-shirt leader from mobilizing the crowds in the Northeast Thailand to act as a shield for the homecoming of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit were both obliged to uphold the law.

Kwanchai urged Thaksin to return through the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai following the Songkran celebrations in Vientiane in April. He said he would mobilise some 10 million Isaan people to welcome and protect Thaksin.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said he was sceptical that Kwanchai would actually carry out such a mobilization.

Thaksin could decide for himself about the timing for his homecoming.

Although supporters and well-wishers, including Kwanchai, might be calling for Thaksin's return, this is nothing new and the final decision will rest with Thaksin.

Thaksin should be allowed to return but the timing would hinge on prevailing circumstances such as the political situation.

Thaksin's homecoming should take place in a dignified manner and not through a border checkpoint, as suggested by Kwanchai.