Kalam was then scientific advisor to the Defence Minister. One night during May 1996, I got a call from the PM House. I was told to meet PM Rao immediately. I had met him just two days before the announcement of general election results. He had then told me to be ready with Department of Atomic Energy and my team for N-test, Kalam said.
Kalam said Rao had told him, I am going to Tirupati. You wait for my authorisation to go ahead with the test. DRDO-DAE teams must be ready for action.
But the election result was quiet different from what Rao had anticipated. I was busy in Chandipur missile range when I got a call saying I must immediately meet PM designate Vajpayeeji with Rao, Kalam said.
Pointing to smooth takeover of such an important programme, he said, I witnessed a unique situation. The outgoing PM, Rao, asked me to brief the details of the nuclear programme to Vajpayee.