Nirmohi Akhara on Monday denied Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's statement that they had met him for peaceful negotiations on the Ram Mandir issue, media reports said. On Monday morning, Sri Sri said: "Nirmohi Akhada were the first people to approach me, they are with me. I have tremendous support from the people of Ayodhya. I am not looking for any credit. I have enough from the world," CNN-News 18 reported.
On Monday afternoon, Sri Sri was seen appealing that the country should not be in a state like Syria. The AoL founder even said that he does not need politics to resolve the Ayodhya issue.
.@SriSri speaks exclusively to CNN-News18 on the ongoing Ayodhya dispute. Sri Sri says that Nirmohi Akhara approached him for peaceful negotiations and CNN-News18 also accessed exclusive images of Nirmohi Akhara leaders meeting the spiritual leader #SriSriSolution #SriSriOnNews18 pic.twitter.com/5CpDsEGMl8
— News18 (@CNNnews18) March 5, 2018
Is desh ke bhavishya ko aise chand log jo sangarsh par hi apna astitva samajhte hain, unke hawale mat kariye. Yahan shanti rehne dijiye. Hamare desh ko Syria jaise nahi banana chahiye. Aisi harkat yahan ho jaaye to satyanash ho jaayega: Sri Sri Ravishankar #Ayodhya pic.twitter.com/kTrsbbXt54 — ANI (@ANI) March 5, 2018
Earlier, on 1 March, Sri Sri had said that they "have been getting good responses from every side" and are talking about harmonious co-existence of both communities and construction of grand Ram temple. "There is a lot of goodwill and cooperation from Muslim community," Sri Sri was quoted as saying by ANI.
In the past one year, Sri Sri has interacted with more than 500 leaders in Ayodhya, Bangalore, Lucknow, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai personally or through video conferencing. Recently, he met expelled AIMPLB member Salman Nadvi and has plans for a meeting Muslim scholars and Ulemas in Lucknow on 28 March.
After meeting Nadvi last week, he had said, "Our efforts are on... towards success and the response from all sides is very good. We will continue (our) efforts. We are talking about maintaining love and harmony between two communities and for a grand Ram temple."
The AoL founder said the effort was to bring in a consensus on the issue.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 15:57 PM