controversial Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma gets APJ Abdul Kalam’s bungalow

New Delhi: Mahesh Sharma gets APJ Abdul Kalam’s bungalow after calling him a ‘nationalist despite being Muslim’.Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who called the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam ‘a great man who was a nationalist and humanist despite being a Muslim’, has been allotted Dr Kalam’s former residence in Delhi.

According to India Today, the new occupant of No 10, Rajaji Marg will be the controversial Culture Minister, a sheer coincidence it seems.

The former President Kalam’s bungalow will be vacated by October 31 and all his belongings have already been packed, said the India Today report.

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A senior journalist from Tamil Nadu, Bhagwan Singh, has already filed a petition on asking Kalam’s home to be turned into a Knowledge Centre, reports The News Minute.

The petition titled ‘Don’t Insult Dr. Abdul Kalam! Make his Delhi home a Knowledge Centre’ describes “Thousands of Dr. Kalam’s books and documents that he worked on through his life, the Veena that he often played, are being boxed up, so that Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who has been in the news recently for his sexist and discriminatory comments, can move in.”

It asks for the bungalow to be instead converted into a knowledge centre.

“Setting up ‘Dr. Abdul Kalam International Knowledge Centre’ at 10, Rajaji Marg, and opening it to general public, will serve as a universal destination for scholars, scientists and students where Dr. Kalam’s work will give practical and inexpensive solutions for our most critical issues.” You can sign the petition here.

But senior CWPD officer contends that “As per our rules, a Type VIII bungalow of this size is allotted only to cabinet ministers or those holding cabinet ranks. As a minister of state and a first-time MP, he (Sharma) is not entitled to it,” reported India Today.