Mano Ganesan

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Mano Ganesan
மனோ கணேசன்
මනෝ ගනේසන්
Mano Ganesan.jpg
Minister of National Dialogue
Assumed office
4 September 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
Assumed office
In office
Member of the Western Provincial Council for Colombo District
In office
In office
Member of Colombo Municipal Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1959-12-17) 17 December 1959 (age 57)
Political party Democratic People's Front
Other political
Tamil Progressive Alliance
Occupation Trade unionist
Religion Hindu
Ethnicity Indian Tamil

Akilan Manoharan Ganesan (born 17 December 1959) is a Sri Lankan trade unionist, politician and government minister. He is the leader of the Democratic People's Front (DPF) and Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), members of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).[1][2][3]

Ganesan gives a speech at Colombo Tamil Sangam.

Early life[edit]

Ganesan was born on 17 December 1959.[4] He is a son of V. P. Ganesan, trade unionist and film producer, and brother of Praba Ganesan, former Member of Parliament.[5][6]


Ganesan is president of the Democratic Workers' Congress trade union.[7][8] He contested the 1999 provincial council election as one of the Indian Origin People's Front's candidates in Colombo District and was elected to the Western Provincial Council.[9]

Ganesan founded the Western People's Front in 2000 to represent Tamils living in the greater Colombo region.[7] He contested the 2001 parliamentary election as one of the United National Front's (UNF) candidates in Colombo District. He was elected and entered Parliament.[10] He was re-elected at the 2004 parliamentary election.[11]

Ganesan contested the 2010 parliamentary election as one of the UNF's candidates in Kandy District but failed to get re-elected after coming seventh amongst the UNF candidates.[12] He contested the 2011 local government election as a Democratic People's Front (DPF) candidate and was elected to Colombo Municipal Council.[13][14] He contested the 2014 provincial election as a DPF candidate and was re-elected to the Western Provincial Council.[15][16][17]

Ganesan was one of the United National Front for Good Governance's candidates in Colombo District at the 2015 parliamentary election. He was elected and re-entered Parliament.[18][19][20] He was sworn in as Minister of National Dialogue on 4 September 2015.[21][22]

Ganesan is founder and convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission on Extra-Judicial Killings and Disappearance.[23][24] He was the first runner-up in the 2007 Freedom Defender’s Award.[25][26]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Mano Ganesan
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
1999 provincial Colombo District IOPF Elected
2001 parliamentary[10] Colombo District UNF 54,942 Elected
2004 parliamentary[11] Colombo District UNF 51,508 Elected
2010 parliamentary[12] Kandy District UNF 28,033 Not elected
2011 local[13] Colombo MC DPF 28,433 Elected
2014 provincial[17] Colombo District DPF 28,558 Elected
2015 parliamentary[27] Colombo District UNFGG 69,064 Elected

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pothmulla, Lahiru (3 June 2015). "Video: DPF, UPF, WNC form new political alliance". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 
  2. ^ "Tamil parties forms new alliance". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Gunawardana, Chamodi (4 June 2015). "Up-country political parties form Tamil Progressive Alliance". Daily FT. 
  4. ^ "Directory of Members: Mano Ganesan". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (20 June 2015). "Birth of the TPA and political representation of Tamils living outside the North-East". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 
  6. ^ "Voting for a cause...". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 12 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Sri Lanka's Mano Ganesan Gives a Voice to the Voiceless". United States Department of State. 10 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Mano pelted with stones in Kotagala". 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (15 April 1999). "Provincial Council Elections: A Mixed Result" (PDF). Tamil Times. XVIII (4): 4–7. ISSN 0266-4488. 
  10. ^ a b "General Election 2001 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  11. ^ a b "General Election 2004 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  12. ^ a b "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Kandy Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  13. ^ a b "Local Authorities 08.10.2011 Colombo Municipal Council" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  14. ^ "Consequences of Tamil genocide engulf entire island: Bahu". TamilNet. 22 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) ó GENERAL Government Notifications PROVINCIAL COUNCILS ELECTIONS ACT, No. 2 OF 1988 Western Province Provincial Council" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1856/09. 1 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Full list of preferential votes". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 31 March 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Somawardana, Melissa (31 March 2014). "Colombo District Preferential Votes: Complete list of winners". News First. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "Ranil tops with over 500,000 votes in Colombo". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Preferential Votes". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "New Cabinet". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 4 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "The new Cabinet". Ceylon Today. 4 September 2015. 
  23. ^ "Colombo withdraws security, Mano Ganesan fears for his life". TamilNet. 19 December 2007. 
  24. ^ Handunnetti, Dilrukshi (21 September 2008). "'Defence establishment linked to abductions'". The Sunday Leader. 
  25. ^ "Ganesan first runner-up for U.S. HR Award". The Island (Sri Lanka). 12 December 2007. 
  26. ^ "Mano Ganesan, first runner-up for U.S. Human Rights Award - US Embassy". TamilNet. 11 December 2007. 
  27. ^ Jayakody, Pradeep (28 August 2015). "The Comparison of Preferential Votes in 2015 & 2010". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 

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