Bengaluru, Oct 31: Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi on Tuesday met spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru over the Ram Temple issue. He said that construction of the temple can begin in 2018 and that Muslims should be given another place to offer namaz.Also Read - What is The Significance of Nine Nights of Navratri? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Explains

Addressing the media later, he said that he told Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that talks should be held with those who want an agreement between the aggrieved parties in the decades old Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. Also Read - Looking to Learn Meditation in The Pandemic Times? Here's a 21 Day Meditation Challenge to Help You Find Your Peace

“I have requested Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that talks should be held only with those who want an agreement,” ANI quoted him as saying. Also Read - Singer Asha Bhosle Debuts on YouTube with 'Main Hoon' Song on Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's 64th Birthday

He said that the masses agree to their approach of talks between the parties. He further said that he doesn’t accord importance to religious leaders who talk about violence. He said they don’t have any legal status in the dispute.

“The whole country respects Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I am sure the issue will be solved,” UP Shia Waqf Board Chief Wasim Rizvi further said.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is having talks with stakeholders to form a consensus to resolve the issue peacefully. He later clarified that he was not mediating at the government’s behest. He had clarified after opposition leaders rejected his efforts. The Congress party had said that the Sangh Parivar was leading consensus farce in the name of the temple.

“Nobody has asked me to mediate or take any part in it. It is a spontaneous outcome of a meeting of leaders belonging to several religious and spiritual dimensions,” he was quoted by Times Now.

Former chief justice of India, Justice JS Khehr had also offered to play mediator in the talks, which was rejected by the Muslim side.