M. Canagaratnam

M. Canagaratnam
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Pottuvil
In office
Succeeded by Ranganayaki Pathmanathan
Personal details
Born (1924-04-15)15 April 1924
Died 20 April 1980(1980-04-20) (aged 56)
Political party United National Party
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil

Mylvaganam Canagaratnam (15 April 1924 – 20 April 1980) was a Sri Lankan Tamil politician and Member of Parliament.

Canagaratnam was born on 15 April 1924.[1]

Canagaratnam stood as the Tamil United Liberation Front's candidate for Pottuvil at the 1977 parliamentary election. He came second and entered Parliament as the second member for Pottuvil.[2] In December 1977 he defected to the United National Party led government and was rewarded by being appointed District Minister for Batticaloa.[3][4]

Canagaratnam was shot outside his home in Kollupitiya, Colombo on 24 January 1978.[5] The attack was blamed on V. Prabhakaran and Uma Maheswaran of the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.[4][6] He died of his injuries on 20 April 1980.[3][5]


  1. ^ "Canagaratnam, Mylvaganam". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  2. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1977" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Appapillai Amirthalingam V. Piyasekera, M. A. Commissioner of Elections and Others". LawNet. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11.
  4. ^ a b Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 25: War or peace?". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  5. ^ a b Sri Kantha, Sachi (6 April 2009). "Kasi Ananthan at 70". Ilankai Tamil Sangam.
  6. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 27: Horsewhip Amirthalingham". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.

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