Netizens separated by response to Prime Minister's diya call

NEW DELHI: Photographs of ground lamps, candles and lanterns were flooded in response to the Prime Minister's call to turn off the lights for nine minutes, but several questioned the justification for the move. Some also noted that many biscuits popped in many parts of India.

The contrasting hashtag, which supports and cites the movement, set trends on Twitter in almost the same measure. Throughout the day, # HumLight-NahinBujhayenge had been trending, with more than 44k tweets at their peak hour around 5pm. Towards night, # 9Baje9Minute became the main trend with 166k tweets around 10pm.

However, several members of the opposition criticized the government for its mismanagement of the crisis.

Many Twitter users also alleged that Resident Welfare Associations in their societies forced them to exercise voluntarily and were forced to turn off the lights in their homes.