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#9pm9minutes: When India lit up during coronavirus lockdown

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NEW DELHI: Citizens across the country lit diyas, candles and flashed their mobile and torch lights on Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a 9-minute blackout to dispel the “darkness” spread by
coronavirus.

As the clock struck 9pm, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies, flashing mobile lights while a few of them lit candles and diyas.

In Chennai, people formed the map of India by lighting earthen lamps, while in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lit earthen lamps to form an ‘Om’ at his residence.

PM Modi lighted diyas at his residence at 9pm today.

“President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles. He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve & resilience in the fight against
COVID-19.”

People in Ahmedabad, Gujarat turned off the lights of their houses and lighted earthen lamps at 9pm.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also turned off all the lights at his residence & lighted the earthen lamps responding to PM Modi’s appeal.

Several Union ministers and other politicians also participated in the exercise.

Union home minister Amit Shah also lighted earthen lamps at his residence.

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar turned off all the lights of his residence and lighted the earthen lamps.

Mother of PM Modi, Heeraben, also lighted an earthen lamp after turning off the all lights at her residence in Gujarat.

“At home, lighting diyas for some moments of mindfulness and thinking of our community, even as we work day and night as one nation”

Some celebrities also joined the country in showing solidarity in the fight against the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic by lighting lamps and candles.

Sachin Tendulkar thanked the sanitation workers for their selfless service and posted a photograph where everyone was holding a
candle.

Saina Nehwal, who recently joined the BJP, said she is proud of the country. “We are really fighting hard with Coronavirus and I m sure we will come out as winner”

People were also seen standing on their doorsteps in response to the PMs appeal and lighting diyas. However, in some parts of the country, people also burst crackers.

Residents of a society in Chennai Central also turned off lights of their houses.

People in a residential building in Bhubaneswar chanted ‘Gayatri Mantra’ after lighting earthen lamps.

The PM had 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.

This is the second time
Modi has sought to rally people amid the ongoing lockdown.

On March 24,
Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country from March 25 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, asserting that social distancing was the only way to deal with the deadly virus.

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