|Mayor of Colombo|
June 1996 – March 1997
|Preceded by||Ratnasiri Rajapakse|
|Succeeded by||Karu Jayasuriya|
3 January 1938|
|Died||4 December 2006(aged 68)|
|Political party||United National Party|
|Alma mater||Hartley College
S. Thomas' College
University of Ceylon
Early life and family
Ganeshalingam married Yamuna, daughter of Dr. Sri Pathmanathan. They had a son (Kandeepan) and a daughter (Menaka). His only two grandchildren; Athishan Ganeshalingam Vettivetpillai and Shatvika Vettivetpillai reside in London. Ganeshalingam was a Hindu.
After university Ganeshalingam joined Ford Rhodes Thornton & Co as an accountancy student. He then entered business. He was director of the Tobacco Corporation and several other state organisations. He was also chairman of Ceylon Oxygen.
Ganeshalingam joined the United National Party (UNP) in 1960. He was appointed treasurer of the UNP in 1989. He was later elected to Colombo Municipal Council as a UNP candidate. He served as Deputy Mayor of Colombo between July 1991 and the end of 1993. He was acting Mayor of Colombo from January 1994 to June 1996 before serving as Mayor of Colombo between June 1996 and March 1997. He resigned from the UNP in January 1997. He then contested the 1997 election as a candidate of an independent group backed by the People's Alliance. He was re-elected to CMC and served as Leader of the Opposition from May 1997 to April 2002.
Ganeshalingam died in Colombo on 4 December 2006.
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- Maniccavasgar, Chelvathamy (3 January 2012). "K Ganeshalingam’s 74th birth anniversary: Multi-faceted and multi-dimensional personality". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
- "A True Humanist with the mind of Noble Thoughts".
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- "Past Mayors of Colombo". Colombo Municipal Council.
- "Bullets after bullets hit UNP". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 16 February 1997.
- "Wasantha hits out at hopscotch Ganesh". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 6 April 1997.