Time News Desk: Awami League (AL) Presidium Member and Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Deputy Leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, who died at a city hospital last night at the age of 87, will be buried at the Banani Graveyard here with state honor.
The namaz-e-janaza was held around 11:00 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 12:00 pm.
Her body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar at 3:00 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.
On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her Military Secretary Major General Kabir Ahammad will pay tribute to veteran politician and freedom fighter Sajeda Chowdhury, he said.
The body will be kept at the party office for some time to let the party leaders and activists as well as other political leaders to have their last glimpses on their beloved political colleague, he said.
Then the body will be taken to the Central Shaheed Minar and kept for a while there to allow people from all strata to pay their tributes to the veteran politician and one of the organizers of the country's Liberation War.
Later, the body will be taken to the south gate of the Baitul Mukarram.
Earlier, the body of Sajeda Chowdhury was taken to her electoral constituency Nagarkanda in Faridpur this morning.
Immediately after her demise, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and deep grief at the death of Sajeda Chowdhury.
She prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.
Sajeda Chowdhury was admitted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after her health condition became critical last week, where she breathed her last around 11:40 pm last night.
She was elected parliament member several times from Faridpur-2 constituency.
Sajeda Chowdhury was born on May 8 in 1935. The veteran politician joined the politics of AL in 1956. 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 AL 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 Mahila Awami League from 1969 to 1975.