Published On: Tue, Oct 31st, 2017

Top Shia cleric meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, says ‘mandir work can begin by 2018’ | Times Now

Bengaluru: Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chief Wasim Rizvi on Tuesday met with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru, where the duo discussed the matter of the Ram Temple issue. Addressing the media, Rizvi said his meeting with the spiritual leader was positive.

The meeting is believed to have lasted for one hour and was the second instance where Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met with the Waqf Board Chairman to mediate the burning issue of the Ram Mandir dispute.

Rizvi said, “We are the real stakeholders here,” adding that the board welcomes Sri Sri’s initiative. He went on to say that the construction of the Ram Temple can begin as early as 2018.

Speaking to Times Now, Rizvi lauded Sri Sri, adding that there should be no war over the issue of the Ram Temple. He also went on to say that majority of the Muslims want peace, apart from certain mullahs from the Sunni community.

“The whole country respects Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, I am sure the issue will be solved,” he said. He went on to say that the board has requested Sri Sri to engage in a dialogue with only those who want an agreement.

He also went on to say that his meeting with the spiritual leader was a “very positive one”.

Speaking to Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief Rahul Shivshankar earlier, Sri Sri said that he had received a positive response over his initiative to form a consensus among the stakeholders regarding the matter.

His statements came after a few opposition leaders dismissed his attempts at negotiation, with the Congress accusing the government and the Sangh Parivar of “leading consensus farce in the name of Mandir”.

In an exclusive interview with Times Now on Saturday, Sri Sri Ravishankar said that all stakeholders have to come together in resolving the issue.

Sri Sri also denied any interference by the government in organising a consensus meeting with a few of the stakeholders in the matter on October 6.

“Nobody has asked me to mediate or take any part in it. It is a spontaneous outcome of a meeting of leaders belonging to several religious and spiritual dimensions,” he said.

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