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Zohra Tajuddin dies

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Syeda Zohra Tajuddin Syeda Zohra Tajuddin

Awami League presidium member Syeda Zohra Tajuddin, also wife of the country’s founding prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed, died at a city hospital on Friday.
Zohra had a significant contribution to Awami League politics as she took the helm of the party and worked relentlessly to reorganise it after the assassination of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.
Zohra was 80 and was hospitalised in New Delhi in India and Dhaka after undergoing a surgery for her broken hip joint as she had a fall at her house in Dhaka.
Her first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers and second namaz-e-janaza at central Awami League office on Bangabandhu Avenue after Magrib prayer.
Decision of Zohara’s burial will be made after her son Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj’s return from aboard, said AL advisory council member Tofail Ahmed.
The body of Zohra will be preserved at the mortuary of United Hospital until Sohel Taj’s arrival from the United State on Sunday, he said.
Along with Sohel Taj, Zohra is survived by three daughters including Awami League lawmaker Simeen Hussain Rimi.
The president Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the AL president, speaker Shirim Sharmin Chaudhury, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, also the leader of the opposition, AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and many others politicians expressed deep shock at the death of the senior politician.
Hamid recalled the invaluable contribution of Zohra Tajuddin to the country’s different movements, saying that the country lost a dedicated and patriotic politician in her death.
Sheikh Hasina recalled that Zohra took the helm of Awami League and played a crucial role in reorganising it after 1975. With her death the country lost a dedicated and patriotic politician.
In her condolence message, Khaleda Zia said that the nation would never forget Zohra for her contribution to
the country’s liberation war in 1971 and her affection towards democracy took her on a different dimension.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, before the first namaz-e-janaza, said that Zohra
Tajuddin was not acquainted with her husband’s identity rather she herself
became the role model of women leadership in Bangladesh.
Leaders of different political, socio-cultural and professional bodies also condoled at the death of Zohra Tajuddin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
A heart rendering scene was created at Bangbandhu Avenue where Hasina and others leaders paid
homage to the veteran politician.
A special prayer was offered there seeking eternal peace of the departed soul of Zohra.
People from all walks of life also paid their tributes and prayed for salvation of the departed soul.
The second namaz-e-janaza was held on Bangabandhu Avenue after Magrib prayer.
Zohra was born on December 24, 1932 in Dhaka. She got married to Tajuddin Ahmed in 1959.
She also actively participated in the movement against military dictator Ayub Khan and later joined different women rights movements.
After the killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four top Awami League leaders including Tajuddin Ahmed in 1975, when Awami League was splited into several factions, Zohra was made convener of the party in 1977.
Subsequently she played vital role in reorganising the party.
She was a presidium member in the last three committees of the party.

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