New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party on Tuesday paid tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying in his death the country has lost a jewel.
"Yesterday (Monday) we received very sad news that India lost a ratna (jewel)," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the BJP parliamentary party meet.
Adding that he was the "rashtra ratna" (country's jewel) first and then the president, Modi said, "Dr. Kalam's personality was special".
"Dr. Kalam would always say he is a teacher and an educator. After the presidency also he went to teach," he added.
Modi said Kalam's life "inspires us, it inspires the youth".
Kalam died on Monday evening in a private hospital in Shillong after he collapsed while delivering a lecture to students of the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong.