by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka:
Senior politician and deputy leader of Bangladesh’s national parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury has died at a hospital in Dhaka. She was 87.
Chowdhury, a Awami League veteran, breathed her last at the Combined Military Hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment of many age-related complexities, on Sunday night her family members said.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Chowdhury, a valiant freedom fighter and one of the organizers of Bangladesh’s 1971 war of liberation against Pakistan.
She was elected parliament member several times from Faridpur-2 constituency. Chowdhury is survived by three sons, one daughter, a host of relatives and admirers. Her husband Golam Akbar Chowdhury died in November 2015.
Her body will be taken to her constituency Nagarkanda in Faridpur from Dhaka this afternoon. After funeral prayers, the body will be brought back to Dhaka and the second funeral prayers will be held at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad bhaban. The body will also be taken to the central Shahid Minar to allow people from all walks of life to pay respect to the politician.
She will be buried at the Banani graveyard.
Chowdhury was born in 1935. She joined the politics of Awami League in the 1950s. After the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975, she played an important role in keeping the party organized at a critical moment.
In 1976, Sajeda Chowdhury became the AL’s acting general secretary. Later she was the party’s full general secretary from 1986 to 1992. Before that, she was the general secretary of women wing of the Awami League from 1969 to 1975.