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Published On: Fri, Apr 3rd, 2020

Light Diyas on Sunday At 9 pm : Modi

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**EDS: VIDEO GRAB** New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi interacts with citizens of Varanasi amid nationwide lockdown, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (DD NEWS/PTI Photo)(PTI25-03-2020_000221B)

**EDS: VIDEO GRAB** New Delhi: Prime Minister Modi interacts with citizens of Varanasi amid nationwide lockdown, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (DD NEWS/PTI Photo)(PTI25-03-2020_000221B)

NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people across India to switch off their lights and hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes in a nationwide show of solidarity, to fight the darkness of coronavirus.

“On April 5, Sunday, at 9 pm, I want 9 minutes from all of you. Turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or balconies and light candles, diya (lamp) or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes,” PM Modi said in a video message this morning.
“We must all together, challenge the darkness spread by the coronavirus crisis, introducing it to the power of light. No one is alone during the lockdown, the collective superpower of 130 crore Indians is with every citizen.”
In his previous call for a Janata Curfew on the Sunday of March 22, the gesture of applauding coronavirus warriors defeated the purpose of social distancing when people started assembling on roads and even taking out processions.
“We must all go through this darkness together… those who are most affected by this are the poor and the marginalised. To overcome this darkness, we must all unite to spread the light… make this darkness of coronavirus meet the light we all spread,” said the Prime Minister.
This was the PM’s third address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic and the second call for a collective gesture of solidarity after the clapping and clanging of utensils during the Janata Curfew. He said nations were following India’s example.
The nation is in the second week of the total lockdown he had announced on March 24 to contain the spread of COVID-19.(ndtv)

 

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