Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday expressed her inability to attend the funeral service of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam owing to ill health.
The Chief Minister also declared public holiday on Thursday.
In a statement issued here Jayalalithaa said, “I have great affection and respect for Abdul Kalam. I would like to attend his funeral and pay my respects to him. However, owing to my health condition I am not in a position to travel.”
She has deputed finance minister O Panneerselvam, electricity minister Natham R Viswanathan, housing minister R Vaithilingam and several other ministers to participate in the funeral.
Jayalalithaa said the government accepted plea of Kalam’s family and allotted land for burying the moral remains of the former president.