Published On: Fri, Apr 3rd, 2020

If I feel like sleeping, I will do that: Mamata on PM’s call to light candles

Kolkata: Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the citizens to light a candle or diya at 9 pm on April 5 to show solidarity with the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday described it as a ‘personal matter’, saying those agreed with the PM should follow his direction, “but if I feel I will sleep, I will do that”.

I will say what I have to, the Prime Minister will say what he has to

Responding to a query on the issue, Banerjee asked mediapersons not to ignite a political battle amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“He has told you… You do it. Why are you asking me? I will say what I have to, the Prime Minister will say what he has to.

“Why should I interfere in other people’s matters? Should I tackle coronavirus, or you want a political war to break out? Please don’t ignite a political battle. If you feel what the Prime Minister has said is good, you abide by that. If I feel I will sleep, I will do that. It is a personal matter,” Banerjee said.

In a video message to the nation earlier in the day, Modi urged citizens to light a candle or a diya on April 5 at 9 pm for nine minutes to dispel the darkness and gloom brought by the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus.

“This Sunday, April 5, we have to challenge the Covid-19 pandemic, we have to introduce it to the power of light,” Modi said in a video address to the nation.

“We have to take the Mahasankalp (strong determination) of 130 crore citizens to new heights. I ask for your nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5,” Modi said.

He then asked the citizens to switch off the lights at their homes, reach out from their windows, gates or balconies and light a candle or diya for nine minutes. Even torches and mobile phone flash lights would do, he said.

“Didi is already in a slumber and god alone can save Mamata and her party if she still thinks she can go to sleep after what the Tablighi Jamaat did to the nation against its fight to win over the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a politcal analyst.

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