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Memes Ignite Twitter as Indian PM Modi Calls on People to Light Lamps to Defeat COVID-19

© AFP 2021 / HANDOUTIn this handout photo taken and released by Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) on March 26, 2020, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi
In this handout photo taken and released by Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) on March 26, 2020, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday asked fellow citizens to “turn of all the lights in your homes" to show the resolve and fight against the darkness of COVID-19.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call on Friday to “turn of all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or in you balconies, and light candles or diyas, torches or mobile flashlights” in a symbolic action to combat coronavirus amid a 21-day lockdown has evoked both bouquets and brickbats.

“Please do not go out on to the roads, lanes or your localities Friends, I have one more prayer in this regard… do it at the doorstep or balconies of your own homes. One must never cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ of Social Distancing,” Modi added appealing people to maintain social sustaining.

The message became trending on Twitter within minutes, with #ModiVideoMessage and #9baje9minute hashtags having over 90k mentions.

Since his announcement, memes have flooded social media:

Many critics jibbed at Modi's hardcore followers by illustrating what they could possibly to do fulfil their leader’s command. 

Many others have, however, praised the prime minister for his initiative, poised to unite the locked down Indians across the country:

Last week, Modi announced a 21-day long lockdown throughout the country to break the chain of infection of COVID-19, which would end on 14 April. He reiterated that "This is the only panacea to break the chain of Corona virus." 

Indian currently has 2,301 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 55 foreign nationals, while 56 people have lost their lives to the infection, according to the latest data released by federal Health and Family Welfare Ministry. 

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