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R. M. Dharmadasa Banda
|Cabinet Minister of Additional Plantation Crops|
|Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Monaragala District
|Born||7 February 1938|
|Died||23 October 2010(aged 72)|
|Political party||United National Party (Democratic)|
|United People's Freedom Alliance|
Rathnayaka Mudiyanselage Dharmadasa Banda (7 February 1938 – 23 October 2010), known as "R. M. Dharmadasa Banda", was a Sri Lankan politician, a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a former cabinet minister. He was ex Basnayaka Nilame (Lay Custodian) of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya.
Dharmadasa Banda entered active politics in late 1960s as the United National Party Chief Organizer for the Bibile Electorate after his brother R M Gunasekera who is former M.P.for Bibile in 1960 March has asassinated in 1964. In 1965 General Elections, he contested from the United National Party and was elected as Member of Parliament for Bibile Electorate defeating Ronnie de Mel.Though he was defeated at the1970 General Elections, however he re-contested & won it 1977 General Elections and appointed as Deputy Minister of Textile Industries by Prime Minister J R Jayawardena.
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