Sadeque Hossain Khoka
Sadeque Hossain Khoka (Bengali: সাদেক হোসেন খোকা Sadek Hosen Khoka) (born May 12, 1952) is a Bangladeshi politician, ex-minister and ex- mayor of the capital Dhaka. He is also Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, one of the two biggest power houses in Bangladesh politics.
Khoka was born in a Muslim family. His father was an engineer and a social worker. Khoka attended Dhaka University and completed M.A. in psychology. In 1971 at the age of 19 Khoka fought in the Bangladesh Liberation War. After independence, Khoka worked in organizing soccer/football, ultimately rising to the positions of General Secretary of the Dhaka Metropolitan Football Association and Joint General Secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation. Khoka is 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 has won from his constituency in elections in 1996 and 2001. After Bangladesh Nationalist Party's utmost 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 highly controversial bill in parliament to split DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) into two parts and renamed them DCC North and DCC South. It is widely believed by the media, socialites, politicians from all parties and civic society that the government led by Awami League, one of the two biggest parties and main opposition of BNP, resorted to this bill in order to remove Khoka from his post. Although he served extra four and half years term in mayor's office over his expired five years tenure, it is often speculated that Awami League was afraid of losing the most important city in the country against Khoka's popularity. Therefore they never decided to hold DCC elections, instead they split the organisation into two and appointed an administrator in each part. These administrators were unelected government officials that belonged to Awami League. The whole conspiracy came into play when Awami League's popularity hit rockbottom since assuming to power in the start of 2009 in a landslide victory. This ended the term of longest serving (nine years and seven months) and most successful mayor in the history of united Dhaka City.
Khoka is married to his wife Ismat Ara and has 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 University of Durham.