PM Modi releases Rs 100 coin in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin in the honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Parliament House Annexe here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said that over decades,Vajpayee’s voice remained the voice of the people. As a speaker, he was unparalleled. He is among the best orators our nation has produced, the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister also said that a long part of Vajpayee’s career was spent in the opposition benches, but he always spoke about national interest.

PM Modi further said that Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He expressed confidence that Vajpayee will continue to be an inspiration for all of us.

The commemorative coin features the Emblem of India on the front face. The words Satyamev Jayate are inscribed below the Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar in Devanagri script. Also inscribed on the coin are the words ‘Bharat’ in Devanagri and ‘India’ in Roman script.

The coin’s value — Rs 100 — is also inscribed below the national emblem.

The reverse side of the coin features a portrait of Atal Bihari Vajapyee and his name inscribed in both Devanagari and Roman. The years 1924 and 2018 are inscribed below Vajpayee’s portrait to mark the year of his birth and death respectively.

Vajpayee passed away on August 16 at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi following a prolonged illness. He was 93.

Vajpayee’s birthday, which falls on December 25, is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’ by the BJP. He decorated with Bharat Ratna was in 2014.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, Senior BJP leader L K Advani and BJP president Amit Shah were also present at the occasion.

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