National Democratic Alliance's vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu lived up to his colourful style of speaking on Thursday. The senior BJP leader said that the initials of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam stand for "Anything is Possible with Just Attitude and Karma."
He made the comment at the inauguration ceremony of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram on Thursday. The inauguration took place on the occasion of Kalam's second death anniversary.
The NDA vice-presidential candidate described both Modi and Kalam as "selfless workers" committed to the growth of the country. "Kalam and Modi are great karma yogis dedicated to the development of the nation," Naidu said, in his welcome address at a function after the inauguration of the memorial of the late president.
He even invented an abbreviation for Modi. Saying that Modi was "the worthiest person" to open the memorial for the former president, he said that the prime minister always stays in Modi-mode i.e. "Making of Developed India". As Kalam "dreamt of a developed India", the choice was only natural.
Paying tributes to Kalam, Naidu said the scientist was the soul of India. Naidu also hailed late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and said two great souls — one Abdul Kalam and the other 'Puratchi Thalaivi' (revolutionary leader) J Jayalalithaa. "God has taken away the two great souls from Tamil Nadu," he said.
Recalling his discussions with Jayalalithaa when he was the coordinator for the memorial project, Naidu said she was "kind enough" to immediately allot the land for the project. She had also felt it was necessary to have such a memorial for Kalam, he added.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Jul 27, 2017 23:16:19 IST