Ex-B'desh Premier MR Chowdhury passes away
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Ex-B'desh Premier MR Chowdhury passes away

Veteran politician Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury (80) passed away at a city hospital after long ailment.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 17:00 IST

Bangladesh's former Prime Minister and veteran politician Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury passed away on Thursday at a city hospital after long ailment, hospital and family sources said. He was 80.

Leaders of different political, social and cultural organisation expressed condolence at the death of the veteran politicians.

Leading politicians of the country thronged to his residence after hearing the news of Chowdhury's death.

Born on October 19, 1925, Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury had a vibrant political life starting his career in national politics in 1962 when he was elected an independent member of the then Pakistan National Assembly.

The same year he joined Awami League.

For three consecutive parliamentary elections in 1962, 1965 and 1970 he was elected as lawmaker of the assembly.

In 1966, Chowdhury was elected Organising Secretary of the erstwhile East Pakistan Awami League, and later he was made General Secretary of the party.

He was detained in 1967 along with a number of political leaders, including Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh.

Chowdhury, also one of the leading organisers of Bangladesh independence, played significant role in the victory of 1970 general election, in which the Awami League bagged single majority to the Pakistan National Assembly.

In independent Bangladesh Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury was given the portfolio as minister for the information ministry.

After the 1973 election victory, he was again appointed as relief and disaster management minister, and later he resigned from the position.

After the 1975 changeover in Bangladesh following the brutal killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in a military putsch, Chowdhury revived the Awami League, and later after a rift over Mujib's one-party rule formula, he become president of a faction of the party in 1977.

After the military takeover in 1982, he formed a party namely Janadal when the then military dictator HM Ersahd liberalised politics in 1984.

He served the country with different portfolios during the Ershad regime. He was elected Prime Minister of the country in 1986.

After the fall of Ershad in 1990, he served as chairman of the Jatiya Party. In 2000, he returned to the Awami League and until the last day, he was the member of the Awami League advisory council.

Chowdhury left behind his wife, four sons, four daughters, a number of grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his death.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 16:55 IST