Lucknow, Nov 15: Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday met Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow a day ahead of his visit to Ayodhya. Sri Sri will visit Ayodhya on Thursday in a bid to mediate between the stakeholders of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. The AOL founder will also meet the members of the Shia Waqf Board today to reach consensus on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue.

On Tuesday, Yogi Adityanath welcomed the upcoming visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Ayodhya. “Any effort of mediation and at any level is good and worth welcoming. Talks had begun earlier also and one party always excluded itself from it, so the problem is not that there should be talks, but that both parties should agree to it. Good results can come out of such talks, but the intention should be right,” Adityanath said.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said he would open talks with stakeholders in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi snubbed the spiritual leader and said that he should not indulge in any kite flying. “All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has clearly stated that they will not accept any such offer. He( Sri Sri Ravishankar) should not indulge in any kite flying,” Owaisi said.

Ravi Shankar had earlier reportedly met representatives of Nirmohi Akhara and AIMPLB to help find an out-of-court settlement to the dispute. However, the AIMPLB had said they do not want favour arbitration and the dispute can only be settled through adjudication. AIMPLB member and Convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee Zafaryab Jilani denied that any of their authorised representatives met Sri Sri.

The Supreme Court had earlier this year suggested that an out-of-court settlement was the best recourse to the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute. The apex court will commence the final hearing of the case from December 5.