New Delhi: The Parliament paid tributes to the late former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam after it convened for the sixth day of the Monsoon Session on Tuesday and hailed him as “real gem” of India.
Paying tribute to the late leader, Rajya Sabha said that “the country has lost a true son of India and his contributions to the nation, in his capacity as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation.”
Chairman Hamid Ansari said that his death is an “irreparable loss” to the country and his life will remain a “source of inspiration to all”.
"He endeared himself to his colleagues and all those who were associated with him and this quality earned him the title 'People's President," Ansari said.
Observing that Kalam's leadership style and vision were not just valued in India but abroad as well, Ansari said the former President "visualised a distinctive profile of India by the year 2020 which included responsive, transparent and corruption-free governance and where the nation is proud of its leadership."
He reposed great faith in the youth of the country and believed that through proper guidance, they will be able to transform India into a developed nation, which is one of his greatest dreams, Ansari said.
While paying tribute to Kalam, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called him as “gem of India”. The House noted that “the country has lost a sagacious statesman, a great scientist and a friend of the under-privileged and a fine human being.”
Mahajan also said that he was known as the “Missile Man of India” as played a key role in the country's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
"Kalam was a noble man of 83 years, with energy and enthusiasm of 38 years and an innocent smile of an 8-year old," she said.
Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha paid homage to Kalam and highlighted his contributions. As a mark of respect to the late leader, the members in both Houses stood in silence before proceedings were adjourned for the day.
Both Houses of the Parliament will remain adjourned till tomorrow so that members of both Houses can attend his funeral tomorrow.
While addressing Rajya Sabha, Speaker Hamid Ansari said that Kalam's life will remain a source of inspiration and highlighted his contributions. The House has been adjourned till tomorrow.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Wednesday so that MPs can pay their respects to the late leader and attend the funeral tomorrow.
The 83-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee suddenly passed away yesterday after suffering a massive cardiac arrest and collapsing while delivering a lecture at IIM in Shillong.
He was rushed to hospital immediately where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.
He served as the president of the country between 2002-07.
Kalam's body was flown to Delhi today and the last rites will be performed in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu tomorrow.
(With Agency Inputs)