Art of Living founder and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on Wednesday, met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his residence in Lucknow. The meet comes just a day ahead of his visit to Ayodhya and talks with all stakeholders in the long standing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
According to inside sources, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has welcomed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's initiative of mediating in this dispute.
In the meeting, Yogi said that his government supports Sri Sri and that he wants the issue to be settled amicably.
Ahead of his visit to Lucknow, Sri Sri had told reporters in New Delhi that his meeting with Yogi Adityanath was only a "courtesy call." However, given that the visit comes just ahead of the local body polls, there's more to it than meets the eye.
Earlier, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had praised Adityanath, claiming that the UP CM "has done tremendous work in Ayodhya."
After meeting the UP CM on Wednesday, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reiterated that it was only a courtesy call and that the two of them had discussed about the peace and welfare of the nation.
Republic also spoke to Amarnath Mishra, interlocutor in the Ram Temple issue, who said that he will not rest until the issue reaches its conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear the case on December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. The Congress had last month dubbed Shankar a "government agent" who was representing its interests in the Ram Temple dispute in Ayodhya.
Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan had said the Supreme Court made it very clear that a settlement was possible, but he asked to who had appointed people like the Art of Living Foundation chief to take charge.
(With PTI inputs)