After his revelation on Sonia Gandhi, Dr Kalam continues his saga describing his journey which has taken many surprising turns and has seen many ups and downs. The author in his book mentioned that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had offered a ministerial seat to him but he rejected the offer.
Vajpayee wanted to induct Kalam as a minister in the NDA government in 1998. The incident happened four years before he became the President of India in 2002.
Narrating the incident of Mar 15, 1998, Kalam said that he got a call from Vajpayee at midnight. "He said that he was finalising the list of ministers and he wanted to induct me into his cabinet. I told him that I needed some time to think about it. He asked me to see him the next morning at 9 am," reads the book.
"The next morning, I went to 7 Safdarjung Road, where the PM was staying....I then told him, 'I and my team is busy with two important programmes. One is readying the Agni Missile system and another is bringing to a close the nuclear programme through a series of tests in partnership with the DAE (Department of Atomic Energy)'," added Kalam.
"I feel that by involving myself full time with these two programmes, I will be contributing more to the nation. Please permit to continue," Kalam said.
However, Vajpayee appreciated Kalam's decision of keeping himself away from politics. "I appreciate your feelings. Go ahead, God bless you," says the book while quoting Vajpayee.