New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday shared a video of late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee reciting a poem, ‘Aao, phir se diya jalaein’, which is about hope and positivity. This comes a day after he asked Indians to light diyas and candles or flash mobile phone lights during a voluntary nine-minute blackout at 9 pm on April 5. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0: This State Allows Taxis And Auto-rickshaws in Red Zones From Today
It is believed that the ‘diya jalaein’ poem have been penned after an electoral debacle of BJP when Lal Krishna Advani took Vajpayee to Delhi’s Golcha cinema to cheer him up. On returning home, he wrote this poem which said, “Let us light the lamp once again”. The poem is often used by the BJP to enthuse its cadres after any electoral loss, just like it was used after the loss in the recent Delhi Assembly polls. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 in India, the Prime Minister has been periodically proposing events to foster a sense of national unity in the fight against the pandemic. Earlier on Friday, in a video message, PM Modi asked 130 crore Indians to ‘end the darkness’ created by COVID-19 by switch off all the lights and lighting a candle, diya or mobile’s flashlight to mark country’s fight against coronavirus.
“I request all of you to switch off all the lights at your homes on April 5 at 9 p.m. for nine minutes, and light a candle, diya or your mobile’s flashlight to mark our fight against coronavirus”, PM Modi had said. His call drew criticism from Opposition leaders.
On March 22, the country had witnessed a Janata Curfew from 7 AM t0 9 PM. On the same day, he had also asked countrymen to come out of their homes and applaud the country’s health professionals for their contribution to the fight against COVID-19.