Salma Chy Ruma picked for seat vacated by Rushema’s death

Mahbub Hasan
Published : 21:28, Jul 21, 2019 | Updated : 21:30, Jul 21, 2019

Salma Chowdhury RumaRuling Awami League has nominated Salma Chowdhury Ruma for the reserved seat that fell vacant following the death of lawmaker Rushema Begum.
Prime Minister and AL chief Sheikh Hasina had finalised the nomination before she left for London on Jul 19, said a central leader of the party told Bangla Tribune.
Ruma, the daughter of five-time AL lawmaker late Wazed Chowdhury from Rajbari, received the nomination letter on that day, added the leader, who wished to go unnamed.
An AL’s women front leader, Ruma told Bangla Tribune she would submit the nomination from to the election office by Jul 25.
On Jul 10, reserved seat parliamentarian Rushema Begum died at the age of 85.
A former teacher of Faridpur Ishan Memorial High School, Rushema was also the wife of late Imamuddin Ahmad, former Faridpur district Awami League president and a close aide to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She took oath on Feb 20 after being nominated by the Awami League as a reserved seat parliamentarian from Faridpur.
Following Rushema’s death, the Election Commission declared the schedule for a by-polls, to be held on Aug 18.
The EC set Aug 1 the last date to withdraw the candidacy.
If there is sole candidate in the polls till the last day to withdraw the candidacy the EC the declares him/her elected uncontested.