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President Kovind to unveil Vajpayee's portrait in Parliament tomorrow

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will unveil a life-size portrait of former Vajpayee in of Parliament House on Tuesday.

Vice Venkaiah Naidu, Narendra Modi, ministers, and leaders of various parties are expected to mark their presence during the event, official sources said.

Vajpayee, a towering BJP leader, was the thrice - first for 13 days in 1996, then for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.

Born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP veteran passed away on August 16, 2018, after a

The decision to install the portrait of the Bharat Ratna was taken on December 18 at a meeting of chaired by

The meeting, which was attended by M. Thambi Durai, Mallikarjun Kharge, BJD's B Mahtab, TMC's Sudip Bondopadhyay, TRS' Jithendra Reddy, Shiv Sena's Ananth Geete and BJP's Satyanarayan Jatia, had taken the decision unanimously.

The leaders whose portraits already adorn the include former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, and

Earlier, on the eve of Vajpayee's 94th birthday, Prime Minister Modi released a commemorative coin in memory of the late on December 24, 2018, in the presence of and some ministers.

The commemorative coin has the Emblem of on one side and on the other side, Vajpayee's picture with his name inscribed in Devanagari and Roman languages.

Paying rich tributes to Vajpayee, Modi said on the occasion that the former Prime Minister had never compromised on the party's ideology.

He said Vajpayee had always pitched for the supremacy of democracy and was unlike those leaders for whom power is oxygen.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 11:17 IST