Mariam Begum, wife of former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, died on Tuesday at a hospital in the capital. She was 73.
Mariam, a former principal of Dhaka College, breathed her last around 2:15pm at Suhrawardy Hospital, said her younger son Bhuiyan Nandito Nahiyan, reports UNB.He said his mother had long been suffering from various diseases, including diabetes.
“She was taken to Suhrawardy Hospital after she fell ill earlier in the day and she died later.”
Mariam left behind two sons and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Nahiyan said Mariam’s body was taken to her Mohammadpur home from the hospital, and she will be buried at Rayerbazar Graveyard after Esha prayers. Born on January 8, 1948, Mariam completed her graduation and post-graduation in English from Dhaka University.
During her career, Mariam was the principal of Dhaka College and vice-principal of Kabi Nazrul Islam College.
Her husband Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan died of lung cancer on July 28, 2010. Bhuiyan was BNP’s secretary general for 11 years and served as the LGRD and Cooperatives Minister of the last BNP-led government.He was expelled from BNP on September 3, 2007 during the 1/11 political changeover for ‘siding with those who demanded reforms in the party to make it more democratic’.
Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan expressed deep shock at the demise of Mariam.
While speaking at a press conference, he prayed for the salvation of her departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to his bereaved family members.