Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque has passed away at the age of 75.
He died while undergoing treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 8:30am on Saturday.
Sayedul had been suffering from prostate gland infection since August. He was kept on life support at the Intensive Care Unit of BSMMU from December 13.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed shock over the death of the veteran politician.
Bidding farewell to Sayedul at the hospital, Awami League General Secretary and also Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader praised the veteran leader for remaining honest until the very end.
Quader added that a pall of gloom had befallen on the Awami League family, despite the ongoing Victory Day celebrations across the country.
The senior Awami League leader was born on March 4, 1942, at Brahmanbaria's Nasirnagar.
Sayedul was a close ally of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during Bangabandhu’s six-point movement in 1966, and was elected VP of Brahmanbaria Government College in 1968. He also played a vital role in the 1971 Liberation War.
He was elected to the Parliament from Brahmanbaria 1 (Nasirnagar) constituency in 1973, 1996, 2001, 2008 and 2014.
He had been serving as the fisheries and livestock minister since 2014.
Sayedul had also served as the president of parliamentary committees on food, disaster management and relief and ministry of home affairs.
He is survived by his wife and son.
According to the deceased minister’s family members, his first Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at 9:30am on Sunday at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
His second Namaz-e-Janaza will be held the same day at 11am in Nasirnagar, his native home. Sayedul will be laid to rest at his family graveyard after the second Janaza.