Shajahan Siraj is confirmed dead at the age of 77.
Shajahan was best known as a Bangladeshi politician.
Shajahan Siraj
Member of Parliament
for Tangail-4
In office
03 March 1986 – 20 March 1991
Preceded byAbdur Rahim[1]
Succeeded byHimself
Minister of Environment and Forest
In office
10 October 2001 – 6 May 2004
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
In office
20 March 1991 – 30 March 1996
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byAdvocate Gautam Chakroborty[2]
In office
1 October 2001 – 28 October 2006
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
Preceded byAdvocate Gautam Chakroborty
Succeeded byAbdul Latif Siddiqui[3]
Minister of Textiles
In office
6 May 2004 – 29 October 2006
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
Personal details
Born1 March 1943
Tangail, Bangladesh
Died14 July 2020
Dhaka
NationalityBangladeshi
Political partyBangladesh Nationalist Party
Spouse(s)Rabeya Siraj
OccupationPolitician
Shajahan Siraj (1943- 14 July 2020) was a Bangladeshi politician who served as vice chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). As a student, he was involved with the Bangladesh Liberation war. Siraj served five terms as the member of parliament for the Tangail-4 unit; he was arrested in 2007 for tax evasion.He died at the age of 77 due to cancer
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
3.1 Death
4 References
5 Further reading
Early life
Siraj attended Government Saadat College, where he was twice elected vice president of the student council. He served as the General Secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student organization of Awami League. He was a leader of the Mukti Bahini and one of the leaders of Bangladesh liberation. Siraj is one of the designers of the Bangladesh flag. Siraj read the manifesto of Bangladesh independence on March 3, 1971, in front of millions of people in the presence of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He served as the acting General Secretary and also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD).
Career
Siraj won election to parliament five times from constituency Tangail-4, Kalihati. Roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, and mosques were built for the people of Kalihati during his tenure as a M.P. He served as a minister, for the Government of Bangladesh, during 1991 and 2001 BNP'S tenure. During his tenure as the environment minister, the use and production of plastic shopping bag (polythene bags) were banned in Bangladesh, 3-stroke scooters were withdrawn from the road, and social tree plantation turned into a movement.
In 2007, arrest warrants were issued for Siraj in connection with thirteen charges of tax evasion. He was sentenced to thirteen years in jail, and his wife three.
Personal life
Siraj is married to Mrs. Rabeya Siraj, who is a women's movement leader, president of the BNP's Dhaka city women's front, and a member of the BNP national executive committee. Mr and Mrs Siraj have one daughter and one son. Their daughter, Barrister Sarwat Siraj, is a practising Advocate in Bangladesh Supreme Court. Their son, Rajiv Siraj, is a member of board of directors of One Group.
Death
Shahjahan Siraj died on 14 July 2020 at a hospital in Dhaka. He had been suffering from cancer for a long time.
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