V. Nalliah

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V. Nalliah
Minister of Post and Information
In office
19 June 1952 – 12 July 1952
Member of the State Council of Ceylon
for Trincomalee-Batticaloa
In office
1943 – 20 September 1947
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Kalkudah
In office
20 September 1947 – 10 April 1956
Succeeded by Ahmed Hussain Macan Markar
Personal details
Born (1909-10-09)9 October 1909
Political party Independent
United National Party
All Ceylon Tamil Congress
Profession Teacher
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Vallipuram Nalliah was a Ceylon Tamil teacher, politician, Member of Parliament and government minister.

Early life and family[edit]

Nalliah was born on 9 October 1909.[1] He trained to be a teacher.[2]

Nalliah married Thangaratnam, daughter of Muttiah.[2]


Nalliah was principal of the Men's Training School in Attalichenai.[2] He was a member of Batticaloa Urban Council.[2]

Nalliah contested the 1943 by-election as a candidate in Trincomalee-Batticaloa and was elected to the State Council.[2]

Nalliah contested the 1947 parliamentary election as an independent candidate in Kalkudah. He won the election and entered Parliament.[3] He joined the United National Party led government and was rewarded by being made Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Local Government.[2] He was re-elected at the 1952 parliamentary election as a UNP candidate.[4] He was briefly Minister of Post and Information in the new government.[5]

Nalliah stood for re-election as an independent candidate at the 1956 parliamentary election but was defeated by A. H. Macan Markar.[6] He was also unsuccessful at the March 1960 parliamentary election.[7] He was the All Ceylon Tamil Congress' candidate in Kalkudah at the 1965 parliamentary election but was again defeated.[8]


  1. ^ "Nalliah, Vallipuram". Parliament of Sri Lanka. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. pp. 116–117. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  4. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  5. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 14: Post-colonial realignment of political forces". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  7. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1960-03-19" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. 
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.