Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of the former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at his burial site Pei Karumbu near Rameswaram. The inauguration of the memorial took place in presence of Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, and governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. Vice-presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan. Dr. Kalam was the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. On July 27, 2015, he died of a cardiac arrest in Shillong where he had gone to deliver a lecture.