P. P. Devaraj

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P. P. Devaraj
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for National List
In office
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
In office
Personal details
Born (1929-02-21) 21 February 1929 (age 88)
Political party Ceylon Workers' Congress
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Religion Hindu
Ethnicity Indian Tamil

Periannan Pillai Devaraj (born 21 February 1929) is a Sri Lankan politician and former minister of state.

Early life[edit]

Devaraj was born on 21 February 1929.[1] He was educated at St. Sylvester's College, Kandy.[2] He has a B.Sc. degree in economics.[2]


Devaraj was director of the Congress Labour Foundation, part of the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) and was an advisor to CWC leader Savumiamoorthy Thondaman.[2][3] He was later vice president of the CWC.[4]

Devaraj was appointed as one of the CWC/UNP alliance's National List MP in the Sri Lankan Parliament following the 1989 parliamentary election.[2] He was appointed Minister of State for Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs on 18 February 1989.[5][6] He contested the 1994 parliamentary election as one of the CWC/UNP alliance's candidates in Colombo District but failed to get elected. However, he re-entered Parliament following the assassination of Ossie Abeygunasekera and Weerasinghe Mallimarachchi on 24 October 1994.[7] Following the death of Thondaman in 1999 Devaraj tried unsuccessful to gain the leadership of the CWC from Thondaman's grandson Arumugam Thondaman.[8]

Devaraj was elected chairman of the Global Organization for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in 2007.[9]