Amaravati, April 4 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal to light a lamp, candle or shine a mobile flashlight during a nationwide 9 minute lights shutdown on April 5.
The Prime Minister had issued a video message on Friday morning, calling upon the nation for the unique show of symbolic unity and defiance against the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday evening, Reddy responded positively to Modi's call and urged the people of Andhra Pradesh to participate in the initiative.
"We all should stand together in the fight against the coronavirus, regardless of the caste, religion, region, and the states," he said.
The Chief Minister compared the initiative to the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness,and wished that mankind should win over the coronavirus.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 in India, the Prime Minister has been periodically proposing events to foster a sense of national unity in the fight against the pandemic.
On March 22, the country had witnessed a Janata Curfew from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On the same day, he had also asked countrymen to come out of their homes and applaud the country's health professionals for their contribution to the fight against COVID-19.
To date, there are 2,301 cases and 56 deaths reported in the country.