Lucknow, Nov 15: Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that he is hopeful that a conclusion will be reached in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute before 2019. Speaking to Zee News on Wednesday after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Sri Sri said that he is in touch with all parties over the Ayodhya matter and hopes to find a consensus soon. When asked by a reporter as to what formula is he going with, Sri Sri said, “Mediators don’t have any formula for talks.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Yogi Adityanath today and is also set to meet members of the Shia Waqf Board. He will then head to Ayodhya on Thursday to mediate between the two sides on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute. His move to mediate on the Ayodhya matter came after the Supreme Court suggested that an out-of-court settlement was the best recourse to the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute.
Yogi Adityanath has welcomed Sri Sri’s move to mediate. Adityanath said that talks were the only way out to find a solution to the dispute. He said that if no consensus is reached through talks, the court will take a decision on Ayodhya.
“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 had earlier said.
However, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav has disapproved of Sri Sri’s decision to mediate. “Ram Temple matter is in Supreme Court, and I think we should let the legal process be complete, other discussions can be held after that,” Madhav said on Wednesday.
The apex court will commence the final hearing on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case from December 5.