The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today released a commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Present at the occasion were Lok Sabha Speaker, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Culture(I/c), Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Members of Parliament, Shri Amit Shah & Shri. L.K. Advani among other Cabinet ministers and dignitaries. Close family members of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that our minds are not ready to believe that Shri Vajpayee is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society, he added. He said that over decades, Shri 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. Shri Narendra Modi said that a long part of Shri Vajpayee's career was spent in the opposition benches, but he always spoke about national interest. The Prime Minister said that Shri Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He expressed confidence that Shri Vajpayee will continue to be an inspiration for all of us.
The 100-rupee coin with the image of the former Prime Minister has his name inscribed in Hindi and English. The coin weighs 35 grams and has the years 1924 and 2018 inscribed to mark the years of Mr Vajpayee's birth and death. On the flipside, the coin has the Lion Capitol of the Ashoka Pillar with "Satyameva Jayate" inscribed below.