Home / News / India /  Modi's Covid-19 call for Sunday lights up Twitter India with multiple trends

India on Sunday switched off all the lights for 9 minutes at 9 PM today and lit candles, 'diyas', or flashlight, to mark the country's fight against coronavirus as appealed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Alongside, Twitter India started blowing up with trends on this. #9बजे9मिनट was the top Twitter trend with nearly 250,000 tweets by 10:35 pm on Sunday.

#9MinutesForIndia was another hashtag that started trending.

With firecrackers being burst during the nine minutes, Diwali was a trending topic as well on Twitter.

#IndiaFightsCoronavirus was another hashtag that got trending.

PM Modi tweeted a Sanskrit shloka, along side photos of himself, which means: "Salutations to the Light of the Lamp which Brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, which Destroys Inimical Feelings; Salutations to the Light of the Lamp."

Modi shared four photos in which he is dressed in a blue half-sleeved kurta and lungi and is lighting a big metal lamp using a smaller one.

Several of the Prime Minister's colleagues from the Union Cabinet participated in the drive.

"Two diyas - one for me and the other for my 88 year old mother who could not be at the door. Joining an expression of mass solidarity. India stands united as never before. Jai Hind #9pm9minute," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted along with a picture where he is seen holding two diyas.

Sports personalities such as Sachin Tendulkar, six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom, sprinter Hima Das, Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik, London Games bronze winner Saina Nehwal, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina and many others took to social media to express their solidarity in the fight against the deadly disease.

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