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Ayodhya issue: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Shia Waqf Board Chairman join debate

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar called upon Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to discuss the Ayodhya matter

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. Photo: PTI
Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. Photo: PTI

Ram temple-Babri masjid issue is again gaining prominence with the emergence of new faces around the dispute. Over the past few weeks, apart from the original litigants viz. and (AIMPLB), the issue has witnessed Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, UP Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi, apart from a self proclaimed descendant of the Mughals joining the league of figureheads trying to resolve the issue out of court. While, Waseem Rizvi has already staked claim to the disputed site in by proclaiming it as a Shia Waqf property, since it was built by a Shia military commandor, Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, the self-styled descendant of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, has asserted he was the legal heir of the demolished mosque complex, since it was built by his ancestors, the Mughals. Giving a new twist to the drama, had last month announced to make efforts for an out-of-court settlement of the long pending dispute and claiming to have been in touch with the Hindu and Muslim religious figures to this end. On Wednesday, Ravi Shankar arrived in Lucknow and called upon Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to discuss the matter and his mediation proposal.

He is scheduled to visit on Thursday to hold talks with the various stakeholders, including the seers and Muslim parties with a view to finding an out of court settlement. Rizvi had also earlier met Adityanath in Lucknow to apprise him of the Shia Board’s position, which is to allow the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site and construction of mosque in a Muslim dominated locality of the temple town for lasting peace and communal harmony between the two communities. The Adityanath government has proposed to build a grand 100 metre Lord Ram statue in However, the estimated Rs 200 crore project would need clearance by the Green Tribunal (NGT). Meanwhile, All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) has announced to support the stand of on the issue, which favours settlement of the dispute through a court verdict. On December 5, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear appeals relating to the dispute. A three-judge bench had been constituted to hear bunch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict relating to the ownership title of the disputed site. The various parties and individuals claiming to mediate in the dispute have said they would apprise the court of their stand before the hearing takes place next month.

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 17:20 IST