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Former Colombo Mayor K. Ganeshalingam dead

COLOMBO: Former Colombo Mayor K. Ganeshalingam (68) expired last evening after a brief illness. Entering politics in 1991 contesting on the UNP ticket, he became the Deputy Mayor from July 1991 and held the post until 1993 and he was made as acting Mayor in which post he continued to function till 1996.

He then succeeded Ratnasiri Rajapakse as Mayor for nine months beginning from June 1996 to March 1997. He was also the General Treasurer of the UNP for sometime.

While he was Mayor he needed the majority of the CMC to carry out his duties as Mayor and the SLFP provided him the necessary support.

Although he was invited to contest on the SLFP ticket at the following CMC election he preferred to contest as an Independent candidate.

He was successful and being elected he became the Leader of the Opposition in the CMC for five years (May 1997 to April 2002). It was during his time as CMC Mayor that the Late Pope John Paul II visited Sri Lanka in 1995. He was native of Puloli in Point Pedro.

Ganeshalingam was born on January 3, 1938. He leaves his wife and two children. He was involved in business at the time of his death. His funeral arrangements will be notified later.

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