Modi to visit Tamil Nadu to lay foundation for Kalam memorial

Modi to visit Tamil Nadu to lay foundation for Kalam memorial

Prime minister Narendra Modi will be in Tamil Nadu on July 27, to lay the foundation stone for a memorial to former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the foundation stone will be laid on July 27 at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, where his mortal remains were laid to rest.

The minister spoke after the issue was raised by Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien in the Rajya Sabha.

“Today is Guru Purnima, a day when we pay homage to those who have taught us good things in life. Even as we observe this day, the site where Dr Kalam was laid to rest is lying in a state of neglect and disrepair,” O’Brien said.

Earlier, Dr Kalam