X. M. Sellathambu
X. M. Sellathambu
|Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
|Preceded by||T. Sivasithamparam|
|Succeeded by||T. Sivasithamparam|
|Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
|Born||20 October 1917|
|Political party||Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi|
|Tamil United Liberation Front|
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
Xavier Mark Sellathambu was a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and Member of Parliament.
Sellathambu stood as the Tamil United Liberation Front's candidate for Mullaitivu at the 1977 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament. He was Chief Opposition Whip from 1977 to 1983.
Sellathambu and all other TULF MPs boycotted Parliament from the middle of 1983 for a number of reasons: they were under pressure from Sri Lankan Tamil militants not to stay in Parliament beyond their normal six-year term; the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka required them to swear an oath unconditionally renouncing support for a separate state; and the Black July riots in which up to 3,000 Tamils were murdered by Sinhalese mobs. After three months of absence, Sellathambu forfeited his seat in Parliament on 21 October 1983.
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