Selvam Adaikalanathan

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Selvam Adaikalanathan
செல்வம் அடைக்கலநாதன்
සෙල්වම් අඩෛක්කලනාදන්
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Deputy Chairman of Committees of the Parliament of Sri Lanka
Assumed office
1 September 2015
Preceded by Murugesu Chandrakumar
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Vanni District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Amirthanathan Adaikalanathan
(1962-06-10) 10 June 1962 (age 55)
Political party Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization
Other political
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).

Early life[edit]

Adaikalanathan was born 10 June 1962.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

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.[3][4] He was one TELO's candidates for Vanni District at the 2000 parliamentary election. He was elected and entered Parliament.[5]

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).[6][7] Adaikalanathan contested the 2001 parliamentary election as one of the TNA's candidates in Vanni District. He was elected and re-entered Parliament.[8] He was re-elected at the 2004, 2010 and 2015 parliamentary elections.[9][10][11][12][13] He was elected Deputy Chairman of Committees when the new Parliament met on 1 September 2015.[14][15]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Selvam Adaikalanathan
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
1989 parliamentary[4] Vanni District TELO 5,771 Not elected
2000 parliamentary[5] Vanni District TELO 15,490 Elected
2001 parliamentary[8] Vanni District TNA 28,548 Elected
2004 parliamentary[9] Vanni District TNA 39,535 Elected
2010 parliamentary[10] Vanni District TNA 17,366 Elected
2015 parliamentary[16] Vanni District TNA 26,397 Elected


  1. ^ "Directory of Members: Selvam Adaikalanathan". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ a b "We are on the correct path'". Frontline. 21 (21). 9 October 2004. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1989" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ a b de Silva, W. P. P.; Ferdinando, T. C. L. 9th Parliament of Sri Lanka (PDF). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. p. 184. 
  5. ^ a b "General Election 2000 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. "Tamil National Alliance enters critical third phase - 1". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tamil parties sign MOU". TamilNet. 20 October 2001. 
  8. ^ a b "General Election 2001 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  9. ^ a b "General Election 2004 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  10. ^ a b "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Vanni Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  11. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ACT, No. 1 OF 1981" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1928/03. 19 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ranil tops with over 500,000 votes in Colombo". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Preferential Votes". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 1 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker". Ceylon Today. 1 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Jayakody, Pradeep (28 August 2015). "The Comparison of Preferential Votes in 2015 & 2010". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 

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