#9pm9minute: When India lit up during lockdown

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

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

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

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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