Hailing former President APJ Abdul Kalam as a great statesman who always wanted to reach out to the people, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday urged that homage be paid to the departed soul in all government offices in the state.
The Election Commission on Tuesday remembered APJ Abdul Kalam as its first 'national icon' for voter awareness, saying he championed the cause of greater participation and use of electronic means in holding of free and fair elections.
APJ Abdul Kalam who worked to strengthen the country's defence and security backbone was also a "poet" at heart, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday while reminiscing his "friendship" with the former Supreme Commander of the armed forces.
Calling it a nation's "loss of a visionary", BJP Tuesday paid glowing tributes to former president A P J Abdul Kalam with party chief Amit Shah describing him as the "best exemplar" of the idea of India.
For some, it was his child-like demeanour which made him affable and for some, it was his inspirational vision and work in the field of science which made APJ Abdul Kalam a "universally-loved" Bharat Ratna, who managed to be in politics without being a "politician".
The body of India's favourite (former) president APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away in Shillong, Meghalaya, on Monday evening, was brought to Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Kalam died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.