Velusami Radhakrishnan

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Velusami Radhakrishnan

வேலுசாமி இராதாகிருஷ்ணன்
Velusami Radhakrishnan.jpg
Radhakrishnan in May 2017
State Minister of Education
Assumed office
12 January 2015
Deputy Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation
In office
9 October 2014 – 10 December 2014
Member of Parliament
for Nuwara Eliya District
Assumed office
8 April 2010
Member of the Central Provincial Council for Nuwara Eliya District
In office
1999–2010
Personal details
Born (1952-08-01) 1 August 1952 (age 68)
Political partyUp-Country People's Front

Akandhan Velusami Radhakrishnan (Tamil: அகண்டன் வேலுசாமி இராதாகிருஷ்ணன்; born 1 August 1952) is a Sri Lankan politician and state minister. He is the leader of the Up-Country People's Front (UCPF), a member of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) and United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).

Early life and family[edit]

Radhakrishnan was born on 1 August 1952.[1] He was educated at Holy Trinity College, Nuwara Eliya, St. Peter's College, Colombo and St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[2] He is married and has four children.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Radhakrishnan was elected to Nuwara Eliya Divisional Council and became its chairman in 1991.[2] He contested the 1999 provincial council election as one of the Indian Origin People's Front's candidates in Nuwara Eliya District and was elected to the Central Provincial Council (CPC).[2][3] He was Minister of Culture and Tamil Education.[4][5] He contested the 2004 provincial council election as one of the United National Front's (UNF) candidates in Nuwara Eliya District and was re-elected to the CPC.[6] In February 2005 he was appointed Minister of Tamil Education (other than Muslim Schools) Industries, Estate Infrastructure Facilities, Hindu Cultural Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.[7] He was re-elected at the 2009 provincial council election, this times as a United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate.[8] In March 2009 he was appointed Minister of Industries, Sports, Women Affairs, Rural Development, Estate Infrastructure Facilities Development, Hindu Cultural Affairs, Education (Tamil) and Youth Affairs.[9]

Radhakrishnan contested the 2010 parliamentary election as one of the UPFA's candidates in Nuwara Eliya District and was elected to Parliament.[10][11] On 11 September 2010 Radhakrishnan left the Ceylon Workers' Congress to sit as an independent MP supporting UPFA.[12] He joined the Up-Country People's Front as its political leader on 7 October 2010.[13] He was appointed Deputy Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation on 9 October 2014.[14][15]

Radhakrishnan resigned from the UPFA government on 10 December 2014 to support common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential election.[16][17] After the election newly elected President Sirisena rewarded Radhakrishnan by appointing him State Minister of Education.[18][19]

Radhakrishnan was one of the United National Front for Good Governance's candidates in Nuwara Eliya District at the 2015 parliamentary election. He was elected and re-entered Parliament.[20][21][22] After the election he was re-appointed State Minister of Education.[23][24][25]

Radhakrishnan was elected leader of the UCPF on 6 September 2015.[26]

Electoral history[edit]

Electoral history of Velusami Radhakrishnan
Election Constituency Party Alliance Votes Result
1999 provincial Nuwara Eliya District Ceylon Workers' Congress Indian Origin People's Front Elected
2004 provincial[6] Nuwara Eliya District Ceylon Workers' Congress United National Front 44,525 Elected
2009 provincial[8] Nuwara Eliya District Ceylon Workers' Congress United People's Freedom Alliance 18,513 Elected
2010 parliamentary[10] Nuwara Eliya District Ceylon Workers' Congress United People's Freedom Alliance 54,083 Elected
2015 parliamentary[27] Nuwara Eliya District Up-Country People's Front United National Front for Good Governance 87,375 Elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory of Members: V.S. Radhakrishnan". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ a b c d "New faces in Parliament" (PDF). The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 18 April 2010.
  3. ^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. (15 April 1999). "Provincial Council Elections: A Mixed Result" (PDF). Tamil Times. XVIII (4): 4–7. ISSN 0266-4488.
  4. ^ "'Tamils should preserve their culture'". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 8 February 2002.
  5. ^ Krishnaswamy, P. (15 September 2013). "Heavy voter turnout expected in upcountry". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka).
  6. ^ a b "Results of Provincial Council Elections 2004" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 January 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  7. ^ "PART IV (A) — PROVINCIAL COUNCILS Appointments &c., by the Governors APPOINTMENTS MADE BY THE HON. GOVERNOR – CENTRAL PROVINCE" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1380/02. 14 February 2005.
  8. ^ a b "Preferences Nuwara Eliya" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2009.
  9. ^ "PART IV (A) — PROVINCIAL COUNCILS Appointments &c., by the Governors APPOINTMENTS MADE BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL PROVINCE" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1594/28. 26 March 2009.
  10. ^ a b "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Nuwara Eliya Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  11. ^ "General Elections 2010 - Preferential Votes" (PDF). The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 11 April 2010.
  12. ^ "CWC MP Goes Independent". The Sunday Leader. 11 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Parliamentarian Radhakrishnan to lead UPF political wing". TamilNet. 8 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Radhakrishnan appointed deputy minister". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 10 October 2014.
  15. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1884/24. 14 October 2014.
  16. ^ Ferdinando, Shamindra (11 December 2014). "Two deputy ministers quit; CWC suffers split". The Island (Sri Lanka).
  17. ^ Srinivasan, Meera (11 December 2014). "2 more MPs leave Rajapaksa government". The Hindu.
  18. ^ "New Cabinet ministers sworn in". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 12 January 2015.
  19. ^ "New Cabinet takes oaths". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 12 January 2015. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  20. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ACT, No. 1 OF 1981" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1928/03. 19 August 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Ranil tops with over 500,000 votes in Colombo". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015.
  22. ^ "Preferential Votes". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015. Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  23. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1932/69. 18 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "New State and Deputy Ministers". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 9 September 2015.
  25. ^ "State and Deputy Ministers take oaths (Updated Full List)". The Nation (Sri Lanka). 9 September 2015. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  26. ^ "Rathakrishnan elected as Leader of Upcountry People's Front". Tamil Diplomat. 10 September 2015.
  27. ^ Jayakody, Pradeep (28 August 2015). "The Comparison of Preferential Votes in 2015 & 2010". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).