|Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Parliament of Sri Lanka|
1 September 2015
|Preceded by||Murugesu Chandrakumar|
|Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Vanni District
10 June 1962
|Political party||Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization|
|Tamil National Alliance|
|Ethnicity||Sri Lankan Tamil|
Amirthanathan Adaikalanathan (Tamil: அமிர்தநாதன் அடைக்கலநாதன்; born 10 June 1962; commonly known as Selvam Adaikalanathan) is a Sri Lankan Tamil militant turned politician and Member of Parliament. He is the leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
Adaikalanathan was born 10 June 1962. He hails from Mannar in northern Sri Lanka. At the age of 15 he joined the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), a Tamil militant group fighting for an independent state of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. He took on the nom de guerre Selvam. Adaikalanathan took on the leadership/presidency of TELO following the killing of Sri Sabaratnam by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 5 May 1986.
Adaikalanathan was one of the ENDLF/EPRLF/TELO/TULF alliance's candidates in Vanni District at the 1989 parliamentary election but failed to get elected after coming third amongst the alliance candidates. He was one TELO's candidates for Vanni District at the 2000 parliamentary election. He was elected and entered Parliament.
On 20 October 2001 the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front, TELO and Tamil United Liberation Front formed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Adaikalanathan contested the 2001 parliamentary election as one of the TNA's candidates in Vanni District. He was elected and re-entered Parliament. He was re-elected at the 2004, 2010 and 2015 parliamentary elections. He was elected Deputy Chairman of Committees when the new Parliament met on 1 September 2015.
|1989 parliamentary||Vanni District||TELO||5,771||Not elected|
|2000 parliamentary||Vanni District||TELO||15,490||Elected|
|2001 parliamentary||Vanni District||TNA||28,548||Elected|
|2004 parliamentary||Vanni District||TNA||39,535||Elected|
|2010 parliamentary||Vanni District||TNA||17,366||Elected|
|2015 parliamentary||Vanni District||TNA||26,397||Elected|
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