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Selvam Adaikalanathan

Selvam Adaikalanathan
Leader, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization
Assumed office
Preceded by Sri Sabaratnam
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Vanni District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Amirthanathan Adaikalanathan
(1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 52)
Political party Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization
Other political
Tamil National Alliance
Residence C28 Housing Scheme for MPP Madiwela, Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil

Selvam Adaikalanathan (Tamil: செல்வம் அடைக்கலநாதன்) is a Sri Lankan Tamil militant turned politician and Member of Parliament. He is the current leader/president of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Early life

Adaikalanathan was born 10 June 1962. He hails from Mannar in northern Sri Lanka. At the age of 15 he joined the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, a Tamil militant group fighting for an independent state of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.[1] He took on the nom de guerre Selvam. Adaikalanathan took on the leadership/presidency of TELO following the murder of Sri Sabaratnam by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 5 May 1986.[1]

Political career

Adaikalanathan was one TELO's candidates for Vanni District at the 2000 parliamentary election. He was elected and entered Parliament.[2]

In 2001 the TELO, All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front and Tamil United Liberation Front formed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Adaikalanathan was one of the TNA's candidates in Vanni District at the 2001 parliamentary election. He was re-elected.[3] He was re-elected at the 2004 and 2010 parliamentary elections.[4][5]


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