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

The microblogging platform saw a range of reactions.

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Last Updated: Apr 03, 2020, 01.49 PM IST
Netizens rushed to Twitter to usher in the ‘early Diwali’ and react to the announcement with hilarious memes.
Netizens rushed to Twitter to usher in the ‘early Diwali’ and react to the announcement with hilarious memes.
As the country entered day 10 of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 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, Twitter of course began to read between his tweets and react to the announcement with hilarious memes. 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.

Oh, and there were some fun NASA jokes too.

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

Some Twitterati also brought back the popular Happydent advertisement.

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'.

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.

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

Some called it 'social strengthening'.

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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