New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India is "standing strong selflessly" with those who are facing trouble in the country or abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a global virtual Buddha Purnima event, the Prime Minister said that the whole country will have to fight together to defeat the novel coronavirus that has claimed the lives of more than 1,700 people in India so far.

"Today, India is standing firmly in support of everyone, without any discrimination, who are in need or who are in trouble, in the country or across the globe," said PM Modi in his address. 

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Praising the corona warrios for working 'selflessly', PM Modi said that those leading fight against the dreadful infection are "worthy of praise" and urged people to practice social distancing.

"During this difficult time of coronavirus lockdown, there are several people around us who are working 24 hours to help others, to maintain law and order, to cure infected persons and to maintain cleanliness, by sacrificing their own comforts. All such people deserve appreciation and honour," PM Modi said.

Extending his wishes on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, PM Modi said that the message and resolve to reduce problems of every life has guided the culture of India, adding that Lord Buddha contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization and tradition. Buddha became his own light and also lit the lives of others in his journey of life, PM Modi said.

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"I extend my wishes to all on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Today, situation is such that I can't participate in Buddha Purnima programs physically. It would have been my pleasure to be with you all in the celebrations, but circumstances prevailing today do not permit us," PM Modi said.

Buddha Purnima celebrations are being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is being organised in the honour of COVID-19 victims and frontline warriors.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma