Sivasithamparam passes away

Senior politician and Tamil United Liberation Front National List parliamentarian Murugesu Sivasithamparam died after a brief illness at the Colombo National Hospital on Wednesday. He was 79-years-old.

Born on July 20, 1923, Sivasithamparam was educated at Vigneswara College, Jaffna, and St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. He qualified as a lawyer at Law College.

In 1960, Sivasithamparam, started active politics as a member of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC). He first contested Point Pedro as a non-party candidate and lost. In March 1960, he won a seat in parliament as a member of Udupiddy. In 1965, he was elected Deputy Speaker of the parliament.

When the Tamil United Liberation Front was formed by the merger of the Federal Party, the Tamil Congress and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress, he joined the TULF and was nominated by that party for Nallur. In 1978, he was elected TULF president.

At the time of his death, Sivasithamparam was the party’s only national list parliamentarian.

Sivasithamparam’s wife and children are expected in Sri Lanka today from Chennai, India.

His remains will lie in his residence at 146/20, Havelock Road, Thimbirigasyaya, till today evening. The cortege will leave his residence today and will be flown to Jaffna where the remains will be kept at the Jaffna TULF office for the people of the peninsula to pay their last respects. The remains will then be taken to his birthplace at Karaveddy on Saturday morning and cremation will take place at Karaveddy Sonappu Crematorium at 12 noon on Sunday.