A day after meeting with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar, who is meditating on the Ayodhya issue, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said everyone knows where talks would lead as the matter is going to be heard by the Supreme Court from December 5 on a day-to-day basis.
While talking to reporters, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said, "The Supreme Court is going to hear the matter on a day- to-day basis from December 5. Everyone knows where the talks would lead... Had the solution (to the dispute) been possible, it would have been reached earlier."
He further added,"Even after this, if someone initiates talks there is no harm. The government is not a party to this. In my first visit to Ayodhya, I had said that if both the parties reach consensus on the issue, the government could consider. The government cannot take an initiative in this regard as the matter is before the Supreme Court."
On his meeting with the Art of Living founder on Wednesday, Adityanath said, "See we did not have any discussion on the matter (Ayodhya dispute). It was a courtesy meeting as he was known to me and had arrived in Lucknow."
Talks have been initiated earlier as well but without any solution, but still I welcome anyone who makes efforts again. Supreme Court is hearing the case we should wait for it: UP CM Yogi Adityanath #Srisriravishankar pic.twitter.com/Fn5tEiLiNF— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 16, 2017
Ravi Shankar had met Adityanath but said he had no proposal yet to discuss with the stakeholders.
His offer for mediating in the dispute has received a tepid and skeptical response from key protagonists on both sides, with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) voicing reservations about his role.
When his attention was drawn to comments by some Muslim leaders rejecting his proposal to resolve the dispute, Ravi Shankar had yesterday said he had no proposal at the moment so any question of rejection does not arise. "Neither have I given any proposal nor have I got it from anyone," he had said.