New Delhi: On a day when the country is observing ‘Janata Curfew’ as urged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of rising coronavirus cases in the country, a host of political leaders on Sunday at 5 PM came out to their balconies, lawns and terrace to express solidarity with doctors, nurses and other workers who are involved in providing essential services during the COVID-10 outbreak. Also Read - 'We Are Taking Some Rest', Tweets Delhi Metro As it Halts Services During Janata Curfew

The first politician to come out and clap for the cause was Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with his daughter and wife. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh participated in the exercise called by PM Modi to express gratitude to those providing essential services amid coronavirus pandemic. Then BJP National President JP Nadda rang a bell at his residence to express gratitude to those providing essential services. Also Read - Exercising, Cooking & Playing 'Antakshari': Here's How Indians Observed 'Janata Curfew'

The other leaders who took part in the novel exercise included Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with many other leaders.

With ringing of bells, beating of metal plates and clapping, residents of Delhi and other metro cities on Sunday evening expressed appreciation for medical and other staff who are on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, PM Modi on Sunday thanked people for expressing their gratitude towards those at the forefront of fight against coronavirus outbreak.

“The country thanked each person who led the fight against the corona virus. Many thanks to the countrymen,” Modi wrote on Twitter.

Prior to this, he had reminded people to express their gratitude towards those who have been at the forefront of combating coronavirus, and extending essential services without fearing for their safety.

While addressing the nation on Thursday, PM Modi had lauded the hard work of medical professionals, sanitation staff, airline crews, delivery persons and media personnel among others.

PM Modi had asked people to express gratitude to them by giving them a five-minute standing ovation at 5 pm on Sunday by clapping hands, beating plates or ringing out bells.