P. Chandrasekaran

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P. Chandrasekaran
Periyasamy Chandrasekaran.jpg
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Nuwara Eliya District
In office
Succeeded by Santhanam Arulsamy
Member of the Central Provincial Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1957-04-17)17 April 1957
Talawakelle, Ceylon
Died 1 January 2010(2010-01-01) (aged 52)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Political party Up-Country People's Front
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Occupation Trade unionist
Ethnicity Indian Tamil

Periyasamy Chandrasekaran (Tamil: பெரியசாமி சந்திரசேகரன்; 17 April 1957 – 1 January 2010) was a Sri Lankan trade unionist, politician and government minister.

Early life and family[edit]

Chandrasekaran was born on 17 April 1957 in Talawakelle in central Ceylon.[1][2] He was educated at Sumana Demala Maha Vidyalayam, Talawakelle, St. Patrick's Vidyalayam, Talawakelle and Highlands College, Hatton.[2][3][4] Following the death of his father he gave up his education to support his family.[5]

Chandrasekaran was married Shanthini Devi.[4] They had two daughters.[4]


Chandrasekaran became interested in politics at a young age and wrote articles in Tamil newspapers.[2] He joined the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC), becoming its vice-president in 1977.[3][5] He was elected to the Talawakele Lindula Urban Council in 1982, Nuwara Eliya District Development Council in 1985 and Nuwara Eliya Divisional Council in 1987.[1][3] He left the CWC in 1989 and formed the Up-Country People's Front (UCPF).[3][5]

Chandrasekaran was one of the Democratic People's Liberation Front's (DPLF) candidates in Nuwara Eliya District at the 1989 parliamentary election but the DPLF failed to win any seats in Parliament.[6][7] He was arrested in 1990.[1] The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act was used to arrest him 1993.[2] He was elected to the Central Provincial Council whilst in custody.[1][3]

Chandrasekaran was one of the UCPF's candidates for Nuwara Eliya District at the 1994 parliamentary election. He was elected and entered Parliament.[8] He was re-elected at the 2000, 2001 and 2004 parliamentary elections.[9][10][11]

After being elected to Parliament in 1994 he supported the new People's Alliance government.[1] He held several ministerial appointments thereafter: Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce (1994); Deputy Minister of Estate Housing (1994–99); Project Minister of Estate Infrastructure (2001); Minister of Community Development; Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Water Management (2001–04); and Minister of Community Development and Social Inequity Eradication (2007–10).[2][3]

Chandrasekaran was a diabetic but drank whiskey which resulted in him suffering alcohol-related illnesses.[12] He was receiving treatment from Northwick Park Hospital and St. Mark's Hospital in the UK.[12] Doctors had recommended that he stops drinking and after 4–6 months undergo liver transplant.[12] According to his wife Chandrasekaran didn't follow the medical advice.[12]

Chandrasekaran, who was at his home in Rajagiriya, failed to wake up on the morning of 1 January 2010.[12] He was taken to the private Nawaloka Hospital where he was pronounced dead on admission.[12][13] An autopsy revealed he had died of alcoholic cirrhosis.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of P. Chandrasekaran
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
1989 parliamentary[7] Nuwara Eliya DPLF 1,364 Not elected
1993 provincial Elected
1994 parliamentary[8] Nuwara Eliya UCPF 23,453 Elected
2000 parliamentary[9] Nuwara Eliya UCPF 54,681 Elected
2001 parliamentary[10] Nuwara Eliya UNF 121,421 Elected
2004 parliamentary[11] Nuwara Eliya UCPF 42,582 Elected


  1. ^ a b c d e "Directory of Members: P. Chandrasekaran". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chandrasekaran funeral to take place Monday". TamilNet. 3 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Minister's funeral on Monday". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Parliament condoles Chandrasekeran: Chandrasekeran a great statesman". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 11 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Chandrasekeran's funeral tomorrow". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1989" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-04. 
  7. ^ a b de Silva, W. P. P.; Ferdinando, T. C. L. 9th Parliament of Sri Lanka (PDF). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. p. 175. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-23. 
  8. ^ a b "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1994" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-06. 
  9. ^ a b "General Election 2000 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-08-26. 
  10. ^ a b "General Election 2001 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "General Election 2004 Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b c d e f g de Silva, Jayantha (3 January 2010). "Autopsy reveals Minister Chandrasekaran died of alcoholic cirrhosis". Sunday Island (Sri Lanka). 
  13. ^ "UPF leader Chandrasekaran dies of heart attack". TamilNet. 1 January 2010.