NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday termed late former President APJ Abdul Kalam more of a saint than a scientist and had attained sainthood by the way he lived.

At a function to inaugurate the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial at Pei Karumbu near Rameswaram, Naidu said the former president had inspired people with his life and words.

“In my view, Dr Kalam was more a saint than a renowned scientist. The saint in him made the scientist he was. Like a saint, Dr Kalam was detached from the ordinary callings of life and was always driven by the single minded pursuit of the cause of our country and the people.

“He had thus attained sainthood by the way he lived. Dr.Kalam was a true Karma Yogi,” Naidu added.

Naidu said that after Mahatma Gandhi, “it was Kalam who influenced the countrymen in such a great measure by igniting the minds of millions and giving them the wings of fire”.

He said the message that emerges from the life of former President is that anything is possible just with the right attitude and action.

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