Mumbai, Mar 7: Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, on Wednesday, attacked Art-of-living head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in its mouthpiece Saamana and asked the spiritual guru to stay away from Ayodhya issue. Shiv Sena said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has issued a license of chaos and violence by saying that India will turn into Syria if the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue is not resolved soon.

Shiv Sena said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has given license to chaos by attaching ISIS to Ram Mandir issue. “In Ayodhya matter, gurumaharaj has issued a threat, he has tried to create panic by predicting the future. He has given license to chaos by attaching ISIS to Ram Mandir issue. This must be investigated, such statements do not suit a spiritual guide,” an editorial in Saamana said.

In an interview, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “If court rules against a temple, there will be bloodshed. Do you think the Hindu majority will allow it? They will garner resentment towards the Muslim community.” “If court rules in favour of a temple, Muslims will feel defeated. They may lose faith in the judiciary and there are chances of resorting to extremism,” he had added. In another interview, the spiritual guru said that India will become Syria if Ram Mandir is not built on disputed land.

“The guru from Art of Living is using the issue of Ram Mandir to stay in news. Killing humans or threatening to do so – what kind of ‘art of living’ is this? India can never be Syria, he should know that. This guru should take his private jet to Iraq and Syria to spread the message of peace through his Art of Living,” Shiv Sena said in the Saamana editorial. “We don’t need him to tell us that Ram Mandir dispute cannot be solved in a courtroom. Gurumaharaj must not interfere in the matter,” it added.

On Tuesday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi also slammed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, seeking an FIR against him. “He does not believe in the constitution, he does not believe in the law. He feels he is the law himself. He feels he is so big that everyone should listen to what he says. He is not neutral and hell-bent on inciting violence in the country,” Owaisi said.