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Adawan Amal Praba Ganesan (Tamil: பிரபா கணேசன்; born 4 January 1964) is a Sri Lankan politician and former Member of Parliament. He is the current leader of the Democratic People's Congress (DPC), a member of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).[1]


Praba Ganesan
பிரபா கணேசன்
Deputy Minister of Telecommunication & Information Technology
In office
2014–2015
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
In office
2010–2015
Member of the Western Provincial Council for Colombo District
In office
2004–2010
Personal details
Born (1964-01-04) 4 January 1964 (age 55)
Political partyDemocratic People's Congress
Other political
affiliations
United People's Freedom Alliance
EthnicityIndian Tamil

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Early life and familyEdit

Ganesan was born on 4 January 1964.[2] He is a son of V. P. Ganesan, trade unionist and film producer, and brother of Mano Ganesan, Member of Parliament.[3][4]

CareerEdit

Ganesan contested the 2004 provincial council election as one of the Western People's Front's candidates in Colombo District and was elected to the Western Provincial Council.[5] He was re-elected at the 2009 provincial council election, this times as a United National Front (UNF) candidate.[6]

Ganesan contested the 2010 parliamentary election as one of the UNF candidates in Colombo District. He was elected and entered Parliament.[7] In August 2010 Ganesan defected to the governing United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).[8] He was suspended from the Democratic People's Front.[9] He subsequently founded a political party called the Democratic Peoples Congress.[10]

Ganesan was appointed Deputy Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology on 21 August 2014.[11][12] At the 2015 presidential election, whilst other Indian Tamil politicians flocked to support common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Ganesan remained loyal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, leader of the UPFA. Following Sirisena's victory Ganesan lost his ministerial position.

Ganesan did not contest the 2015 parliamentary election but was instead placed on the UPFA's list of National List candidates.[13][14] However, after the election he was not appointed to the National List.[15][16]

Electoral historyEdit

Electoral history of Praba Ganesan
Election Constituency Party Votes Result
2004 provincial[5] Colombo District WPF 6,459 Elected
2009 provincial[6] Colombo District UNF 45,899 Elected
2010 parliamentary[7] Colombo District UNF 42,851 Elected

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prabha Ganesan up in arms". Ceylon Today. 3 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Directory of Members: Praba Ganesan". Parliament of Sri Lanka.
  3. ^ "I was nearly killed - Ganesan". The Sunday Leader. 27 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Voting for a cause..." The Nation (Sri Lanka). 12 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Results of Provincial Council Elections 2004" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-07.
  6. ^ a b "Preferences Colombo" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-10.
  7. ^ a b "Parliamentary General Election - 2010 Colombo Preferences" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-13.
  8. ^ Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera (6 August 2010). "Govt: Just 5 more to 2/3". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "DPF suspends Praba Ganesan for 'betraying' party, Tamils". TamilNet. 6 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Democratic Peoples Congress opens its Head Office in Bambalapitiya". adaderana.lk. 15 May 2011.
  11. ^ Somawardana, Melissa (21 August 2014). "Prabha Ganesan and Digambaran sworn in as Deputy Ministers". News First.
  12. ^ "Two more Deputy Ministers take oaths before President in Si Lanka". Colombo Page. 21 August 2014.
  13. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS ACT, No. 1 OF 1981 List of Persons submitted under Article 99A of the Constitution" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1923/02. 13 July 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015.
  14. ^ "UPFA, UNP national lists announced". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 13 July 2015.
  15. ^ "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION — 2015 Declaration under Article 99A of the Constitution" (PDF). The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1928/25. 21 August 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015.
  16. ^ "UPFA finalises National list". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). 21 August 2015.