X. M. Sellathambu

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X. M. Sellathambu
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Vavuniya
In office
Preceded by T. Sivasithamparam
Succeeded by T. Sivasithamparam
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Mullaitivu
In office
Personal details
Born (1917-10-20)20 October 1917
Political party Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
Other political
Tamil United Liberation Front
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil

Xavier Mark Sellathambu was a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and Member of Parliament.

Sellathambu was born on 20 October 1917.[1] He was married to Mary Josephine.[2]

Sellathambu stood as the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi's (Federal Party) candidate for Vavuniya at the 1970 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament.[3]

Sellathambu stood as the Tamil United Liberation Front's candidate for Mullaitivu at the 1977 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament.[4] He was Chief Opposition Whip from 1977 to 1983.[5]

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.[6]