Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, via live stream, came forward to address the nation once again. PM Modi in his address to the nation lauded the efforts of the people of India for actively participating in Janata Curfew on March 22 and adhering to the 21 days lockdown orders that followed.
“The discipline and sense of service you showed, is unprecedented. The people and administration have tried to make this routine a success. The way you thanked those at the forefront of fight against coronavirus March 22 has set an example for the world,” PM Modi said in a video message.
He said that the whole world is praising India’s unity as a country and therefore he has one more request to make.
PM Modi has asked the citizens of the country to once again come out in huge numbers in their balconies on Sunday, but this time with “candles and mobile flashlights.”
#WATCH PM Modi: I request all of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, ‘diya’, or mobile’s flashlight, to mark our fight against #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/wpNiEJurBm— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
PM Modi in his message to the nation said that the country has to move towards the light from the darkness that has been created by coronavirus. He asked the people to turn off all the lights at their respective homes at 9 PM on Sunday for 9 minutes and come out in their balconies with a lit candle, lamps or mobile flashlight in their hands.
He added that by doing this, the country will show that we stand united and no one is alone in this battle we are fighting against coronavirus.
#WATCH PM Modi: I also appeal to people to avoid gathering anywhere during this period (on 5th April at 9 PM). You don’t have to go out on the streets and in the colonies, but do it from your doorsteps and balconies. pic.twitter.com/QX2fH91wzfApril 3, 2020
He also asked people to not get on the streets while doing so and adhere to the lockdown orders while maintaining social distance.