Kalam’s grandnephew bids good-bye to BJP
New Delhi: APJ Abdul Kalam's grandnephew APJ Sheikh Salim quit the BJP on Monday, 23rd November 2015 in protest against the government's refusal to declare the former President's bungalow a memorial.
According to sources,, Salim wanted 10, Rajaji Marg in Lutyen's Delhi to be converted into a memorial for the "people's President" as he was popularly known. The sprawling house is now occupied by controversial Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma.
In a recent TV interview, Sharma had called APJ Abdul Kalam "a great man who was a nationalist and humanist despite being a Muslim", a statement that was widely criticized, even as many artists and writers blamed the Modi government for rising intolerance in the country.
Salim lived with Kalam at his official Rajaji Road bungalow till the latter's death, Times Now said. He had joined the BJP in September, after Kalam's death in July.