Govt not averse to out-of-court so­lu­tion on Ram Mandir: Naqvi

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Union Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mukhtar Ab­bas Naqvi on Tues­day said the gov­ern­ment is not averse to any outof-court so­lu­tion to the Ram Mandir is­sue, and em­pha­sised that it is "not in­volved" in any of­fers to ne­go­ti­ate by any­one, af­ter spir­i­tual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of­fered to me­di­ate in the long-sim­mer­ing dis­pute.

"If all the par­ties con­cerned or the stake­hold­ers reach a con­sen­sus on the is­sue, noth­ing like it. It will be an ideal sit­u­a­tion. This is­sue should be re­solved. If it is re­solved through di­a­logue and con­sen­sus it is good, oth­er­wise the mat­ter is al­ready in the court and the court will de­cide," Naqvi said.

Asked if Art of Liv­ing founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has of­fered to me­di­ate at the be­hest of the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment, Naqvi said: "If some peo­ple are try­ing to me­di­ate in the mat­ter to find an amicable so­lu­tion, there is no harm in it. But the gov­ern­ment is not in­volved in any kind of me­di­a­tion etc."

Late last month, the AoL founder had ex­pressed his will­ing­ness to me­di­ate in the decades-long Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dis­pute, fol­low­ing which the Shia Waqf Board Chair­man Waseem Rizvi met him on Oc­to­ber 31 and wel­comed the of­fer.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Rizvi said the en­tire na­tion re­spected the AoL founder and that the Shia com­mu­nity was of the view that the dis­pute should be re­solved am­i­ca­bly and not by con­fronta­tion.

How­ever, on Mon­day af­ter Sri Sri an­nounced that he would soon be vis­it­ing Ay­o­d­hya in this connection, All In­dia Ma­jlis-e-It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (AIMIM) Pres­i­dent Asadud­din Owaisi dis­missed his of­fer as "kite fly­ing".

"The All In­dia Mus­lim Per­sonal Law Board (AIMPLB) has clearly stated that they will not ac­cept any such of­fer, he (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) should not in­dulge in any kite fly­ing," Owaisi said.

Sri Sri on Mon­day said that he has of­fered to me­di­ate in the Ram Tem­ple dis­pute of his own will and would visit Ay­o­d­hya on Novem­ber 16 to meet all the stake­hold­ers.

Mean­while, ac­cord­ing to his sched­ule, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar be­fore driv­ing to the tem­ple town will meet Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath, his rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bhavya Tej said in Luc­know.

He said that he has in­formed both Mus­lim and Hindu lead­ers in­volved in the mater that "Guru ji" would be in Ay­o­d­hya to dis­cuss with them ways to thrash out a res­o­lu­tion.

Sri Sri is likely to reach Ay­o­d­hya on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and meet the head of the Ram Janma Bhoomi Nyaas, Ma­hant Nritya Gopal Das at Mani­ram Chawni, and later hold de­lib­er­a­tions with Ram Vi­las Vedanti and Iqbal An­sari, son of late Hashim An­sari, the petitioner from the Mus­lim side in the dis­pute.

If some peo­ple are try­ing to me­di­ate in the mat­ter to find an amicable so­lu­tion, there is no harm in it, but the govt is not in­volved, Naqvi said.

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