Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing over Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute, the talk once again seems to gear the news.
On Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik said that the final verdict will be taken by the Supreme Court and all the stakeholders will abide by it.
“The case is pending before the Supreme Court. The top court has asked all the stakeholders if they could come with a mutual consent on the issue. Sri Sri Ravishankar is making an effort on the same and I want that effort to win. But, the Supreme Court decision will be the final verdict in the matter and all the stakeholders will abide by it,” Naik told reporters here.
The statement by the state governor comes in the backdrop of the meeting between Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar and the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
The “courtesy meeting” which lasted for 15-20 minutes, where Ravi Shankar briefed the chief minister about his initiative to work out on a mutually acceptable formula to the long-disputed issue.
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.”
Ravi Shankar also met senior Muslim cleric Khalid Rashid Firangimahali. He will also visit Ayodhya to meet Hindu leaders and other stakeholders on Thursday. Last month, Ravi Shankar had expressed his willingness to mediate in the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute.
In August, the Supreme Court had decided to reopen the hearing based on 13 appeals filed in four civil suits against a 2010 judgment of the Allahabad High Court. The high court ordered a three-way split of the disputed 2.77-acre territory among Nrimohi Akhara, Ram Lalla Virajmaan; and the Sunni Waqf Board on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear the case on December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.