|Major General Deshamanya|
RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
|4th Governor of North Eastern Province|
13 November 1998 – 30 November 2004
|Preceded by||Gamini Fonseka|
|Succeeded by||Tyronne Fernando|
|Spouse(s)||Srimathi (m. 1975; d. 2002)|
|Alma mater||S. Thomas' College, Colombo|
|Service/branch||Sri Lanka Army|
|Years of service||19?? - 1998|
|Unit||Sri Lanka Light Infantry|
Security Forces Commander in Jaffna|
Overall Operations Commander
|Battles/wars||Sri Lankan Civil War|
Major General Deshamanya Asoka Kanthilal Jayawardena, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, was Sri Lankan soldier and politician. He was the former Provincial Governor of the Governor of North Eastern Province and Secretary to the Minister of Defence.
Retiring from the Sri Lanka Army in 1998, Jayawardena was appointed as Governor of North Eastern Province. His predecessor Gamini Fonseka resigned from the office due to a difference of opinion with the President at the time. He is known to be a close confidante of the President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and he is believed to be one of her principal military advisors.
In 2005 he was awarded the National title, Deshamanya.
Sri Lankan awards
In Order of Precedence
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- "History of Governors". Governors of the Northern Provincial Council. Northern Provincial Council. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
| Overall Operations Commander
Lt. Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya
| Governor of North Eastern Province