COVID-19: Bajrang Punia urges people to follow Prime Minister Modi's call to light candles on April 5

SONIPAT: Indian fighter Bajrang Punia on Friday he urged people to follow the prime minister Narendra Modi The appeal to compatriots to light Diyas and candles on April 5 at 9 pm for nine minutes to fight the darkness that is spreading by the pandemic.

Our Prime Minister has asked us to turn off the lights and to light Diyas and candles on April 5 at 9 p.m. This with my family and I urge you to do the same, Punia told ANI.

Punia's comments came soon after attending a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on COVID-19 lockdown, via video conferencing.

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The meeting was attended by 40 athletes from the country, including Virat Kohli Sachin Tendulkar Sourav Ganguly and Mary Kom on the ongoing situation in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time that the Prime Minister has interacted with sports personalities since the 21-day blockade was imposed on March 24 to stem the spread of the virus.

Other prominent personalities present at the meeting were PT Usha , Gopichand , Vishwanathan Anand , Hima Das, Bajrang Punia, PV Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag , Yuvraj Singh and Cheteshwar Pujara.