Ram Madhav downplays Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's mediation in Ram Temple dispute

ANI | Updated: Nov 15, 2017 15:06 IST

New Delhi [India], November 15 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday downplayed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's visit to Ayodhya and said they all should first allow the legal process to be completed in the Supreme Court, only after which other options should be explored.

Ahead of his visit to Ayodhya tomorrow, the Art of Living founder met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier today.

Speaking to ANI, Madhav said, "The legal proceedings are at an advanced stage in the Supreme Court right now. We all should allow the legal process to be completed in the Supreme Court. Once that's done, then other options can be explored. So right now the matter should be left for Supreme Court to decide."

The issue of the Ram Temple grabbed headlines again when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar announced he would open talks with stakeholders in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

"I will be going to Ayodhya day after tomorrow (November 16), and so far, all talks have been positive," he said.

He made the announcement on the sidelines of his lecture to students of a university. He added that he did not have any agenda and would listen to everybody.

The Supreme Court also had suggested that an out-of-court settlement was the best recourse to the dispute.

The apex court will commence the final hearing of the long-standing matter from December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the medieval-era structure.

The Babri Masjid was built by Mughal Emperor Babar in 1528. The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram Temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque. (ANI)