Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has amassed wealth, wants to avoid probe: Ex-BJP MP on Ayodhya issue

His comments come on the same day Ravi Shankar is scheduled to visit Ayodhya to meet all stakeholders involved in the dispute.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 1:10 pm
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar mediates Ayodhya land dispute Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Lucknow on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Thursday questioned Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s offer to mediate in the Ayodhya dispute, adding that the Art of Living Founder has intervened in the issue to “avoid” being probed for his amassed wealth. His comments come on the same day Ravi Shankar is scheduled to visit Ayodhya to meet all stakeholders involved in the dispute.

“Who is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate? He should continue running his NGO and hoarding foreign funds. I believe he has amassed a lot of wealth and to avoid a probe he has jumped into Ram Temple issue,” Vedanti was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Vedanti, who has been associated with the Ram Temple movement, has in the past too rejected Ravi Shankar’s offer to mediate in the dispute.

Ravi Shankar’s intervention has met with condemnation from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) as well, both of which have voiced reservations over his role.

“I want unity… I want amity. This is just a beginning. We will talk to all,” Ravi Shankar had said on Wednesday regarding his role, reported PTI.

Meanwhile, Ravi Shankar paid a “courtesy visit” to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday. Adityanth, who welcomed talks regarding the dispute, told reporters after the meeting, “Since the government isn’t party to the case, I had already told the stakeholders that if they can come to a final decision on the matter through dialogue, then the government is committed to fully back it. But if they can’t come to such a decision… if they can’t talk it out… then it is in the court… and we will obey whatever is the court’s decision.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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    khaja
    Nov 17, 2017 at 10:50 pm
    A snake's move is known to another snake. Ram Vilas Vedanti's doubt raising many questions. Shri shri's shrewd move understands well by the like-minded people. Will Authority take notice of this ? Will IT act ? Lets see....
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      Jitendra Gupta
      Nov 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm
      If anyone attempts to bring peace and harmony, it must be welcomed. Sri Sri Ravishankar has been doing a wonderful work and we must support any good intentions rather than defaming the person on unwarranted and unsubstantiated reasons.
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          Thiruman Archunan
          Nov 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm
          A true Hindu should shun money and power. Instead he search for the atman within him and paramatma that exists everywhere. Power and money are impediments and fundamentally against spirituality. I don’t know how someone’s conscience permit them to collect huge funds, encroach a large tracts of land, indulge in lavish life style etc and still claim themselves as spiritualist.
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            blackpower
            Nov 18, 2017 at 12:33 am
            A true hindu should should shun everything and give away their property, land ,, clothes, daughters mothers, sisters, wives to peace loving mooslisms.Unless you do that you dont deserve to be called a true hindu.
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            K V Bharath Kumar
            Nov 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm
            Resolving the issue is important and who is putting their energy efforts etc., all depends on their sincere,spiritual powers...if all these efforts failed the ultimate decision and judgement depends on Hon’ble SC. To me it appears the UP Government under BJP would put all its resources to bring the into logic conclusion, and start the construction of Lord Srirama Temple at Ayodhya for Ramrajya...”Srirama”
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              Aakriti Kantor
              Nov 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm
              Resolving the issue is better than riots and innocent lives on stake
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