PM asks India to light candles, diyas on April 5. And Twitter, as always, is divided

As the country entered day 10 of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown on Friday, Prime Ministeraddressed the citizens in a short video message at 9 am. In the video message, he requested citizens to turn off their lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm on April 5 and light a candle or a diya or even use the flashlight on one’s mobile to mark the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the video message reached millions of Indians,of course began to read between his tweets and react to the announcement with hilarious. While some were amused, others saw this as a social strengthening exercise.

Some expressed concern over the over-enthusiastic woman banging thali in a viral video, thinking she will burn down the city.

Somebody please control her this Sunday. She might burn down half the city block 😅 #ModiVideoMessage

— Girish (@GirishNaught)

Oh, and there were some fun NASA jokes too.

NASA has already released an image of India from 5th April night 9pm #ModiVideoMessage

— abhijeet hirekhan (@Kidwiththeheat)

YouTuber Bhuvan Bam, too, took a light-hearted jibe at PM’s video message.

5th April, 9pm

— Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam)

On 5 April, At 9 PM Sunday Me And My Friends In Balcony :- #ModiVideoMessage

— Prof. Boies Pilled bell 🌻 (@Lil_Boies2)

Some Twitterati also brought back the popular Happydent advertisement.

5th April, 9 pm……. #ModiVideoMessage

— The-Lying-Lama 2.0 (@KyaUkhaadLega)

But many saw good in his gesture, and thought that it will have a ‘calming effect’. Rangoli Chandel who is the sister of actress Kangna Ranaut, tweeted her appreciation and wrote that ‘diya creates an ethereal aura’.

Lighting Diyas is a very good gesture, diya creates an ethereal aura which is very calming and effective, to show e…

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)

Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh lauded PM Modi’s initiative and urged his fans to turn off the lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm on April 5.

every individual hs his own part to do 2 stay home.We r proud of our Team Leader @narendramodi Let’s all continue t…

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh)

Former cricket commentator and Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri was all-praises for PM Modi.

To reignite the united strength of 130 Crore people, let us light a lamp | a candle | torch | mobile flashlight at…

— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc)

Some called it ‘social strengthening’.

PM @narendramodi demands 9 mins from 9pm on 5th April keeping social distancing in mind..!!Though it’s not a measu…

— Aditya Panchal (@AdityaPanchal96)

The announcement came a couple of weeks after the popular ‘Janata Curfew’ which saw Indians applauding doctors, nurses and those on the frontlines of fighting the pandemic by ringing bells, thalis and spoons from the balconies of their respective homes.

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