M. Canagaratnam

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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. 1 2 "Appapillai Amirthalingam V. Piyasekera, M. A. Commissioner of Elections and Others". LawNet. Archived from the original on 2013-08-11.
  4. 1 2 Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 25: War or peace?". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  5. 1 2 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.