The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today released Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister, Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Speaking on the occasion, he said that our minds are not ready to believe that 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, 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.
Narendra Modi said that a long part of Vajpayee’s career was spent in the opposition benches, but he always spoke about national interest. The Prime Minister said that Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He expressed confidence that Shri Vajpayee will continue to be an inspiration for all of us.
Vajpayee’s long-time associate and BJP veteran L K Advani, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah were also present at the event.