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JS deputy leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury passes away

JS deputy leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury passes away

Jatiyo Sangsad deputy leader and Bangladesh Awami League presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury passed away last night at the age of 87. Sajeda Chowdhury breathed her last at Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday (Sep 11), local media reported citing family sources.

She is survived by three sons, one daughter, a host of relatives and admirers. Her husband Golam Akbar Chowdhury died in November 2015.

Sajeda Chowdhury was a valiant freedom fighter and one of the organizers of the Liberation War. She was elected parliament member several times from Faridpur-2 constituency.

She was sick for several years. She was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital last week.

Her body will be taken to her constituency Nagarkanda in Faridpur from Dhaka on Monday afternoon. After Namaj-e-Janaza there, the body will be brought back to Dhaka. Her Namaj-e-Janaza will also be held at the South Plaza of the Jatiyo Sangsad.

She will be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard.

Sajeda Chowdhury was born in 1935. The veteran politician joined the politics of Awami League in the fifties. After the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on Aug 15, 1975, she played an important role in keeping the Awami League organized at a critical moment.

In 1976, Sajeda Chowdhury became the Awami League’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 Mahila Awami League from 1969 to 1975.