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Ram temple issue: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets Yogi Adityanath before visiting Ayodhya

Ravi Shankar had said he would play the role of a mediator in the Ram Temple dispute and would visit Ayodhya on November 16 to meet all stakeholders

Lucknow | Published: November 15, 2017 2:35:23 pm
Ravi Shankar meets Adityanath on Ram Temple issue Officials called the meeting between Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (in pic) and Yogi Adityanath a ‘courtesy call’ (File Photo)

Ahead of his visit to Ayodhya on Thursday, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, officials said.

It was a “courtesy meeting” that lasted about 15-20 minutes and went off well, a senior state government official said. “As far as the Ayodhya issue is concerned, Adityanath’s stand is very clear. The state government is not a party. We welcome any settlement and will honour the decision of the court,” he said.

Shankar had said in Delhi earlier this week he was involved as a mediator in the Ram Temple dispute of his own will and would visit Ayodhya on November 16 to meet all stakeholders. He said he did not have an agenda and would listen to everybody.

Yesterday, Adityanath started the campaign for urban local bodies polls from Ayodhya. He said “Ayodhya” meant a place where there was no possibility of a “yudh” (fight). “I am starting the campaign in Ayodhya with the aim that the results in all the local bodies are in favour of the BJP, so that development that was obstructed during the SP and BSP governments can be carried out in the state,” he said.

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