K. D. Sugathadasa

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Hon.
Kumara Vidanelage Don Sugathadasa
MP
Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Welimada
In office
1947–1952
Preceded by seat created
Succeeded by M. B. Bambarapane
Member of the Ceylon Parliament
for Banarawela
In office
1952–1956
Preceded by K. V. Nadarajah
Succeeded by Y. G. Jayasinghe
Personal details
Born (1908-07-08)8 July 1908
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Independent, United National Party, Lanka Prajathanthravadi Pakshaya
Profession politician

Kumara Vidanelage Don Sugathadasa (8 July 1908 – ?) was a Ceylonese politician.[1][2]

Sugathadasa was elected as an independent member at the 1st parliamentary election, held between 23 August 1947 and 20 September 1947, in the Welimada electorate, receiving 4,242 votes (40.86% of the total vote) narrowly defeating his nearest rival, A. G. Divitotawela, by 22 votes.[3][4] Sugathadasa's victory was assured by estate workers who voted en-bloc against the United National Party.[5]

Rather than re-contest the seat at the 2nd parliamentary election, this time Sugathadasa ran in the Banarawela electorate, as the United National Party candidate, securing 6,392 votes, (a 62% majority) and 4,126 votes clear of his nearest rival.[6][7]

Sugathadasa then ran for election at the 3rd parliamentary election, held between 5 April 1956 and 10 April 1956, in the multi-member seat of Badulla, where he ran last in a field of four, only securing 1,301 votes (2.88% of the total vote).[8]

At the 5th parliamentary election, held on 20 July 1960, Sugathadasa contested the newly created Soranatota electorate as the Lanka Prajathanthravadi Pakshaya candidate. He failed in his attempt, losing to the UNP candidate, S. B. Ekanayake, who received 4,539 votes and the SLFP candidate, K. Y. M. Wijeratne Banda, who received 4,330 votes, as opposed to Sugathadasa's 1,017 votes.[9] He re-contested the seat at the subsequent 6th parliamentary election, held on 22 March 1965, where he only secured 903 votes, as opposed to the successful SLFP candidate, K. Y. M. Wijeratne Banda, who polled 6,901 votes and the UNP candidate, S. B. Ekanayake, who polled 6,023 votes.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hon. Sugathadasa, Kumara Vidanelage Don, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Jātika Rājya Sabhāva. Pustakālaya (1972). Members of the Legislatures of Ceylon: 1931-1972. National State Assembly Library. p. 154. 
  3. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Goonetilleke, T. V. (Ed) (1983). Members of the Legislatures of Sri Lanka, 1931-83: Record of Service. Library of Parliament. p. 203. 
  5. ^ Piyasena, S. (28 September 2006). "The UNP and the making of the conflict". Daily News. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1952" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Prakasakayo, Tisara (1965). The Ceylon Historical Journal, Volumes 1-2. p. 174. 
  8. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1956" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election July 1960" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1965" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 October 2017.