New Delhi, July 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoles former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s death, describes him as “marg darshak” (guide).
Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh expressed his condolences over the sudden demise A.P.J Abdul Kalam, saying that the former president’s life and work will be remembered for generations to come.
“I worked very closely with Dr. Kalam as PM and I greatly benefitted from his advice as Pres of our country. His life and work will be remembered for generations to come,” tweeted Singh.
“I have learnt with profound sorrow about the demise of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Our country has lost a great human being who made phenomenal contribution to promotion of self reliance in defence technologies,” he added.
Union Minister Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari condoled the sudden demise of former president Kalam saying that the country will never forget his contributions towards the nation.
Gadkari said: “He had thought a lot about the progress of the country. His vision will be of a great contribution for the nation and we will continue to follow his footsteps. I pray to God that his soul rests in peace.”
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das condoled the death of former president A P J Abdul Kalam. In his statement, Das said the country was in the grip of sorrow, adding: “He was a great human being.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah expressed his condolences over the demise of former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Abdullah took it to his Twitter page to say, “Dr Kalam had many fans in J&K, especially amongst the youth in Kashmir which in itself was no small feat. Rest in peace sir & Godspeed.”
Omar added “Distinctly recall when Dr Kalam became president two questions plagued Central Govt – will he wear a bandgala & will he change hairstyle. He happily agreed to the bandgalas but categorically refused to change the unique hairstyle. He was his own person to the very end.”
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav condoled the passing away of former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam saying that it was extremely sad that such a great scholar was no more in the world.
“He was a great president. I express my condolences; He was not only a great president but also a great scientist. It is sad that such a great scholar is no more. He made great contributions even when has was not functioning as a president,” Lalu said.
“Everybody is shocked by his sudden demise. I pray to god that his soul rests in peace and we will try to fulfil the vision he had for the country,” he added.
The former president collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management. He was in a critical condition and had been admitted to Shillong’s Bethany Hospital.
The scientist, who authored several books, including India 2020: A Vision for the New Million, died after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong this evening.
Kalam served as the 11th President on India from 2002 to 2007.
(With Agency Inputs)