Former yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul says he is ready to work together with the red shirts if they part company with ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
He said yesterday that if the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) could move on from Thaksin and did not offend the monarchy, their fight would be for the same purpose.
He was speaking after he and other core leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) last Friday quit the movement's leadership.
If the red shirts campaign to reduce inequality and to help people earn a better living, then their objectives would match those of the PAD and both groups could work together, he said.
He said the leaders resigned so the PAD supporters could make their own decisions about whether or not to join other political groups.
None of the leaders who quit accepted money from Thaksin, he stressed.
Mr Sondhi said the government's political reform plan initiated by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was a farce.
UDD chairwoman Tida Tawornseth said the red shirts were willing to hold talks with Mr Sondhi when his ideas about democracy and reforms became clear.
"If he still believes in military intervention, I think such talks are unlikely. We have different paths.
"But it doesn't mean the door is closed. Mr Sondhi should review his stance and clarify his ideas," she said.
Ms Tida said the UDD did not condone those who offended the monarchy but it believed in freedom to express different viewpoints.
She also denied the group was clinging on to Thaksin or the Pheu Thai government. She said the group would not dissolve until true democracy is achieved.
Former PAD leader Parnthep Pourpongpan said Mr Sondhi would probably not join the red shirts. Mr Sondhi wanted to reform the country for the sake of the people's well-being, he said.
However, if the red shirts could move beyond Thaksin and stop insulting the monarchy then they could join forces with the PAD to push for national reform, Mr Parnthep said.
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