Adaikalanathan was born 10 June 1962.[1] He hails from Mannar in northern Sri Lanka. At the age of 15 he joined the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), a Tamil militant group fighting for an independent state of Tamil Eelam in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.[2] He took on the nom de guerre Selvam. Adaikalanathan took on the leadership/presidency of TELO following the killing of Sri Sabaratnam by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on 5 May 1986.[2]

Adaikalanathan was one of the ENDLF/EPRLF/TELO/TULF alliance’s candidates in Vanni District at the 1989 parliamentary election but failed to get elected after coming third amongst the alliance candidates.[3][4] He was one TELO’s candidates for Vanni District at the 2000 parliamentary election. He was elected and entered Parliament.[5]

On 20 October 2001 the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front, TELO and Tamil United Liberation Front formed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).[6][7] Adaikalanathan contested the 2001 parliamentary election as one of the TNA’s candidates in Vanni District. He was elected and re-entered Parliament.[8] He was re-elected at the 2004, 2010 and 2015 parliamentary elections.[9][10][11][12][13] He was elected Deputy Chairman of Committees when the new Parliament met on 1 September 2015.[14][15]


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2.^ Jump up to: a b “We are on the correct path'”. Frontline (magazine). 21 (21). 9 October 2004.
3.^ “Result of Parliamentary General Election 1989” (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
4.^ a b de Silva, W. P. P.; Ferdinando, T. C. L. 9th Parliament of Sri Lanka (PDF). Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. p. 184.
5.^a b “General Election 2000 Preferences” (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
6.^ Jeyaraj, D. B. S. “Tamil National Alliance enters critical third phase – 1”. The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 4 April 2010.

7.^ “Tamil parties sign MOU”. TamilNet. 20 October 2001.
8.^ Jump up to: a b “General Election 2001 Preferences” (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
9.^ Jump up to: a b “General Election 2004 Preferences” (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
10.^ Jump up to: a b “Parliamentary General Election – 2010 Vanni Preferences” (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka.
11.^ “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.
11,^ “Ranil tops with over 500,000 votes in Colombo”. The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015.
12.^ “Preferential Votes”. Daily News (Sri Lanka). 19 August 2015.
13.^ “Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker”. The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 1 September 2015.
14.^ “Thilanga appointed Deputy Speaker”. Ceylon Today. 1 September 2015.
15.^ Jayakody, Pradeep (28 August 2015). “The Comparison of Preferential Votes in 2015 & 2010”. The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).