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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Ayodhya visit highlights : 'No hope for solution, too late for dialogue,' Yogi Adityanath on AoL chief's visit

Ahead of his visit to Ayodhya on Thursday, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday in the state capital, officials said

FP Staff November 16, 2017 19:12:59 IST
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Ayodhya visit highlights : 'No hope for solution, too late for dialogue,' Yogi Adityanath on AoL chief's visit

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12:20 (ist)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar scheduled to visit the disputed land in Ayodhya

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will first visit the disputed land in Ayodhya and then will meet Iqbal Ansari and Haji Mehboob, the two stakeholders to the dispute, reports India Today. He will also meet Ramjanmabhoomi Shrine Board chairman Nritya Gopal Das, Ram Vilas Das Vedanti, and Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhada in Ayodhya.

He will reach Nirmohi Akhada at 3 pm to meet Mahant Dinendra Das and the Panchas of the Akhada, says the report. He will hold a press conference at 4 pm before leaving for Bengaluru at 5 pm via Lucknow.

11:29 (ist)

Nirmohi Akhara chief Mahant Dinendra Das says between Rs 1-20 crore being offered to the Sunni Central Wakf Board to relinquish claim

Reports have emerged claiming that Sri Sri Ravishankar, who has taken up the role of a mediator in the Ayodhya Babri Masjid dispute, could be offering money to the Sunni Waqf board to strike a deal.

India Today reported that the chief Mahant of the Nirmohi Akhara, Dinendra Das has said that an amount between Rs 1 crore to 20 crore is being offered to the Sunni Central Waqf board. He also said that Muslims will be given land elsewhere to build a masjid.

"We'll try our best to strike a deal. All the cost behind the court case. Are we winning?" Das asked. "The court has said that please find a settlement outside the court, and we are doing that," he added.

09:09 (ist)

Shia waqf board chief met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 31 October 

Shia Central Waqf Board, Uttar Pradesh's chairman Waseem Rizvi met the Art of Living founder in Bengaluru on Tuesday and apprised him of the board's stand that a Ram temple should be built at the site.

"I met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and apprised him of the (Shia) Board's stand that a Ram temple should be constructed at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. I have met all seers and mahants contesting the case for the construction of a temple in court. All of them are ready for talks," Rizvi told PTI over the phone.

09:04 (ist)

Congress dubbed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar "government agent'

The Congress had dubbed the spiritual leader a "government agent", who was "representing its interests" in the Ram Temple dispute in Ayodhya. "Sri Sri is representing the government interests," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan had said on 31 October in Delhi, when he was asked about the mediation being done by the Art of Living Foundation head in the Ram Temple issue.

09:01 (ist)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar rejects Congress' charges of him representing 'govt interests'

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on 7 November rejected the accusation of the Congress that he was a "government agent" as regards the mediation in the Ram temple dispute in Ayodhya. "I have always worked on my own and I am not working at the instance of anybody," he told reporters in Chandigarh. 

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Nov 16, 2017 - 18:11 (IST)

By and large, Muslims not opposed to Mandir: Sri Sri

"Why do we have to portray Muslims as opposers of peace. By and large most of the Muslims are not opposed to the idea of building a temple," Sri Sri said. 

Nov 16, 2017 - 18:08 (IST)

Sri Sri Ravishankar meets Iqbal Ahmed, one of prime litigant in case

Nov 16, 2017 - 17:58 (IST)

Too late for dialogue now: Yogi Adityanath on Sri Sri's visit

Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter Yogi Adityanath said that his meeting with Sri Sri Ravishankar was just a courtesy call. He said that he did not talk about the temple issue with the spiritual leader. 

The chief minister added that he personally felt that it was too late for the dialogue process and it was best to wait for the Supreme Court verdict on the issue. 

"Talks have been initiated earlier as well but without any solution, but still I welcome anyone who makes efforts again. Supreme Court is hearing the case we should wait for it," Adityanath said. 

Nov 16, 2017 - 16:13 (IST)

I am ready to fail a 100 times: Sri Sri 

"I am ready to fail a hundred times, I know the task is difficult. But I will try my best to find a solution through dialogue," Sri sri Ravishankar said. 

Nov 16, 2017 - 16:07 (IST)

People want to come out of the conflict: Sri Sri

"I have nothing to say to those who are questioning my efforts. I have not come with an agenda, but I know that people want to get out of this conflict," Sri Sri said. 

Nov 16, 2017 - 15:57 (IST)

One community bound to feel left out after court verdict, dialogue route necessary for long-standing holistic solution: Sri Sri

"If court gives a verdict, one community is bound to feel left out. Even if court gives a solution this issue will reemerge after 100- 200 years. For a long-standing peaceful solution, it is better if the spiritual and religious leaders can come to a solution on their own," Sri Sri Ravishankar said.

 

Nov 16, 2017 - 14:41 (IST)

Sri Sri talking to jokers, every Tom, Dick and Harry hungry for publicity: Asaduddin Owaisi

"Who is he talking to that is the question. He is talking to jokers. every person who is on the street hungry for publicity. He will achieve nothing and is just misleading the entire country," Asaduddin Owaisi said. 

Nov 16, 2017 - 14:31 (IST)

Meanwhile, Sunni Waqf Board denies involvement of money talks

"Nobody from our side has talked about money. We will not give away the land for money. If someone comes to talk to me I will respond courteously," Sunni Waqf Board chief tells India Today

Nov 16, 2017 - 14:27 (IST)

Nov 16, 2017 - 14:26 (IST)

Too early to speculate solutions; we will talk to everyone who is willing: Sri Sri Ravishankar 

Ahead of his visit to Ayodhya on Thursday, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday in the state capital, officials said.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankars Ayodhya visit highlights  No hope for solution too late for dialogue Yogi Adityanath on AoL chiefs visit

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Image courtesy: srisriravishankar.org

It was a "courtesy meeting" that lasted about 15-20 minutes and went off well, a senior state government official told PTI. "As far as the Ayodhya issue is concerned, Adityanath's stand is very clear. The state government is not a party. We welcome any settlement and will honour the decision of the court," he said.

Shankar had said in Delhi earlier this week that he was involved as a mediator in the Ram Temple dispute of his own will and would visit Ayodhya on 16 November to meet all stakeholders.

He said he did not have an agenda and would listen to everybody. Adityanath started the campaign for urban local bodies polls from Ayodhya. He said "Ayodhya" means a place where there is no possibility of a yudh (fight). "I am starting the campaign in Ayodhya with the aim that the results in all the local bodies are in favour of the BJP, so that development that was obstructed during the SP and BSP governments can be carried out in the state."

His offer for mediating in the dispute has received a tepid and sceptical response from key protagonists on both sides, with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) voicing reservations about his role.

In an informal interaction with journalists after meeting Adityanath, he said,"I want unity... I want amity. This is just the beginning. We will talk to all."

When his attention was drawn to comments by Muslim leaders rejecting his proposal to resolve the dispute, Ravi Shankar said he had no proposal at the moment so any question of rejection does not arise. "Neither have I given any proposal nor have I got it from anyone," he said.

With inputs from PTI

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