V. A. Alegacone

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Honourable
V. A. Alegacone
MP
வி. ஏ. அழகக்கோன்
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Mannar
In office
1956–1973
Preceded by C. Sittampalam
Succeeded by S. A. Raheem
Chairman, Mannar Town Council
In office
1947–1956
Personal details
Born (1903-03-19)19 March 1903
Died 25 November 1973(1973-11-25) (aged 70)
Political party Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
Alma mater St. Xavier's Boys' College
Profession Lawyer
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Virasipillai Albert Alegacone (Tamil: விராசிப்பிள்ளை அல்பர்ட் அழகக்கோன்; 19 March 1903 – 25 November 1973) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer, politician and Member of Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Alegacone was born on 19 March 1903.[1][2] He was the son of Bastiampillai Virasipillai Sinniah and Annamah. He was from one of the leading families in Mannar in northern Ceylon. He was educated at St. Xavier's Boys' College, Mannar.[1] He joined the legal profession, becoming a proctor and a notary public, and practising law in Mannar.[1] He was president of Mannar and Jaffna Diocesan Council for a number of years.[1]

Alegacone married Mary Sebastiammah, daughter of Bastiampillai Arasaratnam. They had five children - Arunthathie, Thevathasan, Balendra, Sathiyavan and Arichandran.[1]

Political career[edit]

Alegacone was elected to Mannar Town Council in the 1940s.[1] He served as the council's chairman between 1947 and 1956.[1]

Alegacone stood as an independent candidate in Mannar at the 1952 parliamentary election but was defeated by the sittinhg MP C. Sittampalam.[3] He later joined the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (Federal Party) and became an active member of the party. He was ITAK's candidate in Mannar at the 1956 parliamentary election. He won the election and entered Parliament.[4] He was re-elected at the March 1960, July 1960, 1965 and 1970 parliamentary elections.[5][6][7][8]

Alegacone died on 25 November 1973.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Past Members: Alegacone, Vraspillai Albert". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-07-20" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1970" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.