Chaudhury, a local reserved
seat MP, on Sunday visited several areas including Dashghoria Bazar under
Borocourt Union and Sonaimurhi Bazar at Noakhali’s Chatkhil, interacting with
the local people.
A press release from the Parliament Secretariat later
in the day said the people of that area had expressed the wish to see her as
It said the locals had ‘assured the Speaker of their mandate in
the upcoming national election on behalf of the people of Chatkhil’.
country’s first woman Speaker, Chaudhury has also sought the local people’s
blessings and cooperation, saying she wished to work for the area’s
The BNP-backed lawyers’ leader Mahbub Uddin Khokan is the
present MP from the Noakhali-2 constituency. The Supreme Court Lawyers
Association Secretary is also a Joint Secretary General in the main opposition
Former Awami League district unit President Mahmudur Rahman
Belayet was the MP from there in 1973. But the Awami League did not win here
again after that.
Shirin, whose ancestral home is Chatkhil, entered the
Ninth Parliament for the first time as an MP from one of the seats reserved for
Later, she became the State Minister for Women and Children’s
Affairs. She became the Speaker of Parliament on Apr 30 after Abdul Hamid was
elected President on Apr 24.
The 48-year old professional lawyer
completed her PhD on human rights and constitutional law – ‘Right to Life’ –
from Essex University, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, in the United Kingdom in
Chaudhury, who has a brilliant academic career, was born on Oct 6,
1966, in Dhaka.
Her father Rafiqullah Chaudhury was the Personal
Secretary of Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman. Her mother Professor Naiyer Sultana was a Member of the Public
Service Commission, and her grandfather a judge in the erstwhile East Pakistan
She enrolled at the Bar Council in 1992 and with the High
Court two years later. In 2008, she was enrolled with the Appellate
However, bdnews24.com Noakhali Correspondent said the Speaker
on Sunday visited the construction site of the Dashghorai Mosque, promising
assistance for the mosque’s improvement.
She also inaugurated the new
building at Rampur Alia Government Primary School. She spoke with the teachers,
students and their parents and locals.
Chaudhury also promised help in
the improvement of all Hindu temples in the area.