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Ahead of Ayodhya visit, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow

In their 30-minute long meeting, officials said that Ravi Shankar briefed the chief minister about his initiative to try thrash out a mutually acceptable formula to the long simmering Ayodhya dispute.
Edited by: India TV News Desk Lucknow November 15, 2017 14:32 IST
India TV News Desk

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the latter's residence in Lucknow on Wednesday.

In their 30-minute long meeting, officials said that Ravi Shankar briefed the chief minister about his initiative to try thrash out a mutually acceptable formula to the long simmering Ayodhya dispute.

The spiritual leader is also scheduled to meet senior Muslim cleric Khalid Rashid Firangimahali later in the day.

Sri Sri, who is involved as a mediator in the Ram temple dispute, will also visit Ayodhya on Thursday to meet all the stakeholders.

On Tuesday, the spiritual leader told reporters that he would pay a courtesy visit to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. "It was out of my own will that I was involved as a mediator in Ram Temple issue," the spiritual guru said.

Shankar confirmed that he would be visiting Ayodhya and said, "I do not have an agenda in this issue and will listen to everybody during the visit."

According to reports, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is also making all possible efforts to end the ongoing dispute.

Earlier, the Congress had dubbed Sri Sri as a "government agent". Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan had said the Supreme Court made it very clear that a settlement was possible, but he asked as to who had appointed people like the Art of Living Foundation chief to take charge.