New Delhi I India overwhelmingly responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call on Sunday night. Right at 9 p.m., Indians switched off its lights and lit diya, candles or flashed mobile torches for nine minutes to express solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
In the national capital, Prime Minister Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind lit divas. The PM in fact posted his photos along with a Sanskrit shloka. BJP President J.P. Nadda lit candles along with his entire family. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi released a video holding a candle in hand. Modi’s mother Hira Ba too took part in this exercise.
Among business leaders, Executive Chairperson of Asia’s leading Biopharmaceuticals enterprise, Biocon Limited Kiran Mazumdar Shaw tweeted a photo, holding a candle. She said: “Lit the flame of unity for universal fight against COVID-19.”
Lit the flame of unity for our universal fight against COVID19- 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TnUHSHj0vj
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) April 5, 2020
Diplomats like Maya Kadosh, Israel”s Deputy Chief of Mission, posted a video too.
Kerala CM’s official residence turns off lights
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has switched off the lights at his official residences and took to the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn off electric lights and use candles, diyas and flashlights for nine minutes at 9 pm. At Vijayan’s residence his staff members flashed torches. This act was done to perfection by Vijayan’s cabinet ministers also. Various Christian priests also took part in it and was seen holding lamps. (With IANS)