The first namaz-e-janaza of Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, presidium member of the Awami League and deputy leader of the House, was held in Nagarkanda upazila of Faridpur.
The namaz-e-janaza was held around 11 am at MN Academy school premises.
Thousands of people from all walks of life took part in the janaza braving rains.
She was given a guard of honour before the janaza.
After the janaza and tributes, the leaders and family members of Sajeda Chowdhury left for Dhaka with her mortal remains around 12 pm.
Her body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 3 pm so that people from all walks of life can pay homage, said Prime Minister’s special assistant and Awami League Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua.
Another namaz-e-janaza of Sajeda Chowdhury will be held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Asr prayers.
She will be laid to rest with state honour at Banani Graveyard, he added.
Faridpur-2 MP Sajeda Chowdhury passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka on Sunday night at the age of 87.
The deputy leader of the House was admitted to hospital with post-Covid-19 complications two weeks ago.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid expressed shock and deep grief at the death of Sajeda.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also mourned her death.
Deputy leader of the opposition GM Quader also mourned her passing.
Born in 1935, Sajeda became the deputy leader of the House in 2019 for the third consecutive term.
She was also a Language Movement veteran and one of the organisers of the country’s Liberation War.
The 87-year-old served as environment and forest minister and was awarded the Swadhinata Padak in 2010.
Source: United News of Bangladesh