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.
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West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar turned off all the lights of his residence and lighted the earthen lamps.
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Residents of a society in Chennai Central also turned off lights of their houses.
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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.