Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is re-examining his options as he expects the Constitution Court to reject all controversial laws the government of his younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra has initiated.
He is already preparing the ruling Pheu Thai Party for the next general election early next year.
A Pheu Thai Party source says efforts to push through an amnesty bill, constitution amendment drafts and the go-ahead for the Finance Ministry to borrow 2 trillion baht to fund transport development projects were being undertaken despite the likelihood they will be rejected by the Constitution Court.
Meanwhile, the government is likely to face corruption charges from the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its rice-pledging scheme and 350-billion-baht water management and flood prevention plan.
Deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is preparing Pheu Thai Party for the next general election early next year.
The cases will be finalised either this month or next month, sources believe.
"Mr Thaksin has said he would like to see this government remain in power as long as it can, but if it is unable to do so because of a court order or decision by the NACC, he will accept that and prepare for the next election," said the Pheu Thai source.
The source also said Thaksin has ordered opinion surveys on the popularity of all Pheu Thai MPs in the North and the Northeast.
The polls showed that as many as 68 MPs were supported by only 15% of respondents and were unlikely to keep their seats. Thaksin warned them to build up support in their constituencies quickly.
However, Thaksin predicts it is highly likely Pheu Thai will lose some House seats, so he has prepared two political parties as a backup.
Their names are similar to Pheu Thai and their leaders are former Pheu Thai Party members in the North and the Northeast.
Both parties will field candidates in areas where Pheu Thai candidates are likely to lose and the two new parties will merge with Pheu Thai later.
Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit said MPs will be told to explain to voters that the amnesty bill was not aimed at helping any particular person.
He said the amnesty bill was in the public's interest. It offers a blanket amnesty purely for the sake of national reconciliation. If it was discriminatory and aimed at favouring just one person, it would violate the constitution, he said.