New Delhi: After urging the nation to ward off COVID-19 “darkness” by lighting up candles or ‘diyas’ or using mobile flashlights at 9 PM Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen participating in the activity to display the country’s collective resolve and solidarity to defeat the virus. Also Read - 9 PM 9 Minutes: President, Vice President, Ministers Light up Lamps, Vow to Fight Coronavirus Together
The PM also posted his photos along with a Sanskrit shloka on microblogging platform Twitter. Also Read - At 9 PM For 9 Minutes, Candles Burn Bright as People Turn Off Lights, Unite to Fight Coronavirus Together
Even as there were over 3,500 coronavirus cases on Sunday and the death count reached 83, India overwhelmingly responded to the PM’s call. Right at 9 p.m., Indians switched off its lights and lit candles or flashed mobile torches for nine minutes to express solidarity with “Corona warriors”.
From metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai to tier two cities like Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior or Karnataka’s Mysuru, people rose above their political inclination to respond to PM Modi’s call and project a united front.
On Friday morning, PM Modi shared a short video clip, as announced by him earlier on Thursday, urging all to light diyas or candles or even flash flights in their balconies or outside their main gate, as a mark of respect to the Corona Warriors.
“I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5 April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, ‘diya’, or mobile’s flashlight, to mark our fight against coronavirus,” he had said.