C. Rajadurai

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C. Rajadurai

செ. இராசதுரை
Minister of Regional Development
Minister of Hindu Religious Affairs
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Batticaloa
In office
1956–1989
Preceded byR. B. Kadramer
1st Mayor of Batticaloa
In office
1967–1968
Succeeded byJ. L. Tissaveerasinghe
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia
Personal details
Born (1927-07-27) 27 July 1927 (age 91)
Political partyUnited National Party
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

Chelliah Rajadurai (Tamil: செல்லையா இராசதுரை; born 27 July 1927) is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former government minister, Member of Parliament and Mayor of Batticaloa.

Rajadurai was born on 27 July 1927.[1] Rajadurai was a journalist and a member of the editorial staff of the Sutantiran weekly newspaper.[2]

Rajadurai stood as the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi's (Federal Party) candidate for Batticaloa at the 1956 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament.[3] He was re-elected at the March 1960, July 1960, 1965 and 1970 parliamentary elections.[4][5][6][7] He was the Tamil United Liberation Front candidate in Batticaloa at the 1977 parliamentary election and was re-elected.[8] In March 1979 he defected to the United National Party led government and was rewarded by being appointed Minister of Regional Development and Hindu Cultural Affairs.[9][10][11] He was later appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[12]

Rajadurai became the first Mayor of Batticaloa in 1967.[13] He was unseated the next year.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rajadurai, Chelliah". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ Sri Kantha, Sachi. "One Hundred Tamils of the 20th Century: V.Navaratnam". Tamil Nation.
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-12.
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-04.
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-13.
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 27: Horsewhip Amirthalingham". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  10. ^ Wickramasinghe, Wimal (15 January 2008). "Saga of crossovers, expulsions, resignations, terminations, death and by-elections in Sri Lanka". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  11. ^ Jayawarden, Kishali Pinto (7 April 2002). "That conscience Bill coming again". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
  12. ^ "TELO opposes Rajadurai attending Chelva anniversary in Jaffna". TamilNet. 23 April 2012.
  13. ^ a b "History of Municipal Council". Batticaloa Municipal Council. Archived from the original on 2013-07-27.