Ruling Awami League lawmaker and chairmen of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Meher Afroze Chumki, was sworn in as the state minister for Women and Children Affairs on Sunday.
President advocate Abdul Hamid administed the oath taking ceremony at the Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban at 5 pm.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan conducted the oath-taking ceremony.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, several MPs and high civil and military officials were present at the oath-taking ceremony.
The party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, gave the green signal to Chumki, the lawmaker from Gazipur-5 constituency, following a discussion with senior party leaders at AL’s Parliamentary Board meeting held yesterday at Ganabhaban.
The post of the state minister for women and children affairs fell vacant while its minister Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, was elected the 13th speaker of Jatiya Sangsad on April 30.
Meanwhile, AL officials said, though there were rumours of reshuffle in the cabinet, any further changes are highly unlikely.
The meeting was convened to discuss the possible candidates for the Kishoreganj-4 by-polls, where most of the AL leaders voiced support for Rejwan Ahmed Toufiq, eldest son of the President Advocate Abdul Hamid.
Meeting sources claimed, the party will give its nomination to Toufiq. However, it will announce the candidate’s name following an interview of the aspirants on May 3.
Kishoreganj-4 constituency includes Itna, Mithamain and Astagram upazilas and fell vacant after its MP Speaker Abdul Hamid was elected President of the country on April 22.
As per the Election Commission’s schedule, the by-poll will be held on July 3.
Parliamentary Board members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Dr Alauddin Ahmed, Syed Ashraful Islam were present at the meeting, which was presided over by party president Sheikh Hasina.