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Sadeque Hossain Khoka

Sadeque Hossain Khoka (12 May 1952 – 4 November 2019) was a Bangladeshi politician.[7] He served as the 2nd mayor of Dhaka City Corporation during 2002 to 2011. He was the vice chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and was President of undivided Dhaka city BNP for longest period of the organisation's existence.[8]

Sadeque Hossain Khoka
সাদেক হোসেন খোকা
Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation
In office
25 April 2002 – 29 November 2011
Preceded byMohammad Hanif
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of Fisheries and Livestock
In office
10 October 2001 – 22 May 2003[1]
Prime MinisterKhaleda Zia
Preceded byA. S. M. Abdur Rab
Member of Parliament
for Dhaka-7
In office
20 March 1991 – 29 October 2006
Preceded byJahangir Mohammad Adel
Succeeded byMostofa Jalal Mohiuddin[2][3][4][5][6]
Personal details
Born(1952-05-12)12 May 1952
Dhaka, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Died4 November 2019(2019-11-04) (aged 67)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyBangladesh Nationalist Party
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka

Early life and careerEdit

Khoka was born in a Muslim family. His father was an engineer and a social worker.[9] Khoka attended Dhaka University and completed M.A. in Psychology. In 1971 at the age of 19 he fought in the Bangladesh Liberation War. After independence, he worked in organizing soccer, rising to the positions of General Secretary of the Dhaka Metropolitan Football Association and Joint General Secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation. Khoka was the key person of the football club Brothers Union.

Khoka was first elected to the Jatiyo Sangshad (national legislature) in 1991. In the same year he was made State Minister of Youth and Sports. Khoka also won from his constituency in elections in 1996 and 2001. After Bangladesh Nationalist Party's victory in 2001, Khoka was made Cabinet Minister of Fisheries and Livestock. Being in the office, he fought the Dhaka City Corporation election for mayorship and won. He took office as the Mayor of Dhaka on April 25, 2002. He served as both Minister and Mayor till 2004 when he resigned from the ministry.

Khoka resigned from the mayoral duties of Dhaka on November 29, 2011, when the government passed a bill in parliament to split DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) into two parts and renamed them DCC North and DCC South.

In 2013, Khoka compared the crackdown on Hefazat protestors to the Pakistani crackdown on 25 March and Jalianwala Bagh massacres.[10] In response, Detective Branch police raided the houses of Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Bangladesh Jatiya Party chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partha.[8]

FamilyEdit

Khoka was married to Ismat Ara and had two sons and a daughter. His son Ishfaque Hossain is now a Bachelor level student from University of Hertfordshire. His daughter Sarika Sadeque is married to Ahmed Iftekhar, Son of Ahmad Nazir, Ex Parliament Member. Both of them pursued MBA degree from Durham University.

DeathEdit

Khoka died from cancer on 4 November 2019 in New York.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cabinet of Bangladesh 2001". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  2. ^ User, Super. "List of 4th Parliament Members". www.parliament.gov.bd. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  3. ^ User, Super. "List of 7th Parliament Members". www.parliament.gov.bd. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ User, Super. "List of 5th Parliament Members". www.parliament.gov.bd. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Member's of 8th Parliament of Bangladesh – Hacked By Hunter Bajwa,Team BlackLeets<DIV style=". Hacked By Hunter Bajwa,Team BlackLeets<DIV style=. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ User, Super. "List of 9th Parliament Members". www.parliament.gov.bd. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Khoka on Munshigonj.com". munshigonj.com.
  8. ^ a b "Amnesty wants neutral probe into Motijheel crackdown" (1). Weekly Holiday. Weekly Holiday. May 10, 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  9. ^ "মৃত্যুর সাথে পাঞ্জা লড়ছেন সাদেক হোসেন খোকা". FBDnews24. 2019-11-02. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  10. ^ "Motijheel massacre spawns unintended consequences" (1). Weekly Holiday. Weekly Holiday. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Sadeque Hossain Khoka passes away". The Daily Star. 2019-11-04. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  12. ^ "সাদেক হোসেন খোকা আর নেই". jagonews24.com. Retrieved 2019-11-04.