P. Ariyanethiran

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P. Ariyanethiran
பா. அரியநேத்திரன்
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Batticaloa District
In office
Preceded byKingsley Rasanayagam
Personal details
Born (1955-02-01) 1 February 1955 (age 64)
Political partyIllankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
Other political
Tamil National Alliance
EthnicitySri Lankan Tamil

Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethiran (Tamil: பாக்கியசெல்வம் அரியநேத்திரன்; born 1 February 1955) is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and former Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Ariyanethiran was born on 1 February 1955.[1]

Political career[edit]

Ariyanethiran was trustee of Kokkatticholai Sivan Temple and editor of Thamil Alai (Tamil wave), a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam newspaper.[2] He was selected by the Tamil Tigers as one of the Tamil National Alliance's (TNA) candidates in Batticaloa District at the 2004 parliamentary election but failed to get elected after coming fifth amongst the TNA candidates.[3] However, Ariyanethiran entered Parliament in May 2004 following the resignation of Kingsley Rasanayagam.[4] It has been alleged that the Tamil Tigers abducted and forced Rasanayagam to resign to make way for Ariyanethiran.[5]

Ariyanethiran was re-elected at the 2010 parliamentary election.[6] He failed to get re-elected at the 2015 parliamentary election.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of P. Ariyanethiran
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
2004 parliamentary[3] Batticaloa District TNA 35,377 Not elected
2010 parliamentary[6] Batticaloa District TNA 16,504 Elected
2015 parliamentary Batticaloa District TNA Not elected


  1. ^ "Directory of Members: P. Ariyanethiran". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (24 October 2004). "The killing of Kingsley Rasanayagam". The Sunday Leader.
  3. ^ a b "General Election 2004 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-04.
  4. ^ "Parliament meets Tuesday, one SLMC MP crosses over to govt. bench". TamilNet. 18 May 2004.
  5. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (3 April 2010). "TAMIL NATIONAL ALLIANCE ENTERS CRITICAL THIRD PHASE -2". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).
  6. ^ a b "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Batticaloa Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-13.
  7. ^ Santiago, Melanie (18 August 2015). "General Election 2015: Several former MPs will not return to parliament". News First.