Ranchi: Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Raghubar Das today expressed grief at the death of A P J Abdul Kalam and described the former President as a role model and inspirational personality with his multi-faceted talent.
"A P J Abdul Kalam was a great personality and his ideals had inspired the people. He was a role model for children and youth," Murmu said in her statement, adding Kalam's death had left an irreparable loss.
Murmu said she had the privilege of sharing dais with the scientist at the convocation ceremony at Birsa Agriculture University, her first programme after taking over as Jharkhand Governor recently.
The scientist, who authored several books, including India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at Shillong tonight.
"He was a great scientist, writer and a sensitive person," the Governor further said in her condolence message.
In his message, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the country was in the grip of sorrow following the passing away of a great human being.
Former chief ministers Babulal Marandi, Arjun Munda, Hemant Soren and several other leaders expressed sorrow at the demise of Kalam.