Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 27:
Leaders of Odisha condoled the death of eminent scientist and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away following a cardiac attack at the Bethany Hospital in Shillong this evening.
In a tweet, Governor SC Jamir condoled Kalam’s death saying India had lost a statesman.
In his condolence message, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I am deeply shocked at the sad demise of former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He was one of the most illustrious Presidents of the country, who was a visionary leader and a gifted scientist. He was instrumental in strengthening the country’s defence capabilities. Throughout his life, he lived only for the country. More than this, he was one of the finest human beings of our times. He inspired and guided millions of children to follow their dreams and explore their inherent talent. He has also written several inspiring books for children.”
The chief minister said Dr Kalam had a special relationship with Odisha and Biju Babu.
“He had visited our state several times as a scientist, as President and even after his presidency. He was always in the heart of the people of Odisha. He was a people’s president and a Karma Yogi in its truest meaning. In his death, India lost one of its noblest sons. May his soul rest in peace,” Patnaik said.
Expressing profound grief over the sad demise of Dr Kalam, senior Congress leader and leader of the Opposition, Narasingh Mishra said; “I am overcome with grief and sorrow at the sudden demise of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President and statesman, at a time when he was still active in public life. He was a visionary, embodiment of peace, brotherhood and fraternity, loved and revered by one and all. During his tenure, India progressed in leaps in science and technology and carved out a space of its own. He enthused and instilled the Indian youth with scientific temper. May his soul rest in peace.”
In his message, senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Dr Kalam, who came from a poor family and rose to eminence braving all odds in his life, would be remembered by the people of India forever.
“Popularly known as the ‘Missile Man’ of India, Kalam was not only an icon for the youth of this generation, he will continue to be a source of inspiration for the generation next,” Pradhan noted.