Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a commemorative Rs 100 coin in memory of iconic BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a day before his 94th 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.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was "a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society," PM Modi said at the function attended by top BJP leaders and ministers including party president Amit Shah, veteran LK Advani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
On the flipside, the coin has the Lion Capitol of the Ashoka Pillar with "Satyameva Jayate" inscribed below.
PM Modi said he would go to Mr Vajpayee's memorial on Tuesday to reiterate his commitment to the ideology and path shown by him.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on August 16 at the age of 93. He was the prime minister of the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for almost six years from 1999.
Various places have been renamed after him in tribute. Four Himalayan peaks have been named after him. Chhattisgarh's Naya Raipur has also been renamed as Atal Nagar.