The nation joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to switch off lights at 9 PM for 9 minutes and light up diyas, candles or mobile flashlights to display India’s collective spirit to defeat Coronavirus.
Earlier, in the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded people to light up lamps on Sunday night to show the country’s collective resolve to fight coronavirus.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
“#9pm9minute”, the prime minister tweeted to remind people of the exercise.
PM Modi on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country’s collective resolve to defeat coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the collective strength of 130 crore Indians is with each one of us and it is the strength of each one of us. The Prime Minister urged the people to maintain social distancing, stay indoors and not form groups while lighting up lamps. He said, one must never cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of social distancing.
PM Modi also said, the way people paid gratitude to those fighting against COVID-19 on 22nd of last month has become a model that is being emulated by other countries. He added that Janata Curfew and ringing of bells have made people of the country aware of their unity amid this challenging time. Citizens are advised not to use alcohol based sanitizers while lighting diyas and candles today at 9 PM as it is inflammable.