As the clock turned 9 on Sunday evening, the people of India switched lights off in their homes and lit candles, diyas (earthen lamps) and even turned mobile torches in their balconies, on terraces or at doors.
This was in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to the countrymen on Friday (April 3) to show the nation’s “collective resolve and solidarity” in its fight against Covid-19, by lighting their homes for 9 minutes at 9pm on Sunday.
Though the call was for 9 o’clock, many enthusiastic countrymen didn’t wait and started lighting their homes a few minutes earlier.
Not only it, the people even chanted “Go Corona Go”, “Vande Mataram” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai” while standing in their balconies.
Some people created patterns with diyas and burst crackers.
Modi’s call for a blackout had also raised concerns about power grid failure.
Besides, Modi has been accused by Opposition parties, especially Congress, of promoting superstition among people.
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