Government of Tamil Nadu announces 30th July a holiday as a mark of respect for late former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dr Kalam’s funeral will be held in Rameswaram in Thursday in Tamil Nadu, where he was born. The former President is survived by his older brother Mohd Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker, who is 99.
The government has declared a seven day national mourning as a mark of respect for the man known and loved across the country as the People s President “.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was brought to 10 Rajaji Marg, his home in Delhi for the last seven years, on Tuesday afternoon. Dr Kalam’s body will lie in state at the bungalow in the heart of Delhi and people can pay tribute from 4 pm.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Dr Kalam at his residence. Among others who visited were former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
President Mukherjee and PM Modi had earlier received Dr Kalam’s body at Delhi’s Palam airport. A guard of honour by the three services was held at the airport .