Awami League Presidium member Syeda Zohra Tajuddin, wife of Bangladesh’s first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmad, died in the capital yesterday.
The 81-year old Awami League leader, who was suffering from various old age complications, was undergoing treatment at the United Hospital when she breathed her last at 10:20am.
Her daughter Simin Hossain Rimi, an Awami League lawmaker, told the Dhaka Tribune that she would be buried at the Banani graveyard in the capital after her son Sohel Taj, a former state minister, comes from the USA today.
President Abdul Haimd, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition chief Khaleda Zia issued separate messages expressing condolence.
Her first namaz-e-janaza was held after Asr prayers at the Azad Mosque at Gulshan and the second at Bangnabandu Avenue after Magrib prayers. Zohra’s body is kept in the mortuary of the United Hopital.
Hearing the news of the veteran leader’s demise, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to the United Hospital in the morning. The premier, alongside many other Awami League leaders, placed a floral wreaths at Zohra’s coffin at Bangabandhu Avenuve in the afternoon.
Zohra underwent surgery at the Medicity Medanta hospital in Gurgaon of New Delhi in India for a hip-fracture few months ago. She was admitted to the United Hospital 18 days ago and had been on life support for a number of days.
Zohra Tajuddin was born on December 24, 1932. She studied social science at Dhaka University and got married to Tajuddin Ahmed in 1959.
After the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Zohra held of the party’s helm and kept it together before handing over charge to Sheikh Hasina.
She is survived by three daughters Sharmin Ahmad Reepi, Simeen Hussain Rimi and Mahjabin Ahmad Mimi; and only son Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj.