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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Monday, Dec 24) released a commemorative Rs. 100 coin in memory of iconic BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a day before his birth anniversary.

“The mind is not ready to believe that Atal Ji is no longer with us,” PM Modi said on the former prime minister, who died in August this year.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was “a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society,” PM Modi said at the function attended by the top BJP leaders and ministers including party president Amit Shah, veteran LK Advani, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The PM also remarked that Vajpayee sat in opposition and didn’t stop raising his voice for the people. “Today political scenario is such that if one has to stay out of power for two-five years, one gets restless,” he said.

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 Vajpayee’s birth and death.

On its opposite side, the coin has the Lion Capitol of the Ashoka Pillar with “Satyameva Jayate” inscribed below.

PM Modi said Vajpayee was “unparalleled” as a speaker and was among the best orators India has produced.

Vajpayee “never compromised” on the BJP’s ideology and was not hungry for power, PM Modi said.

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