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Owaisi, Sharad Yadav slam Ravi Shankar over Ayodhya remarks

"If the court rules against a temple, there will be bloodshed. Do you think the Hindu majority will allow it? They will garner resentment towards the Muslim community," Ravi Shankar had said

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed spiritual guru for his remarks on the Ayodhya dispute saying it was contempt of the Supreme Court, and stressed that the apex court should not hear the matter till the next Lok Sabha election.

Ravi Shankar has said, “According to Islam, you cannot pray in a disputed site so anyway they can’t have a mosque there. This way everyone wins.” The spiritual leader said that the Supreme Court order would not resolve the issue.

“If the court rules against a temple, there will be bloodshed. Do you think the Hindu majority will allow it? They will garner resentment towards the Muslim community,” he had said.

Owaisi slammed Rav Shankar s comments, saying “I would say that he has committed contempt of the Supreme Court by whatever he has said.” Owaisi also said that the apex court should not hear the matter till the next general elections.

He said Ravi Shankar has come out with his weird statement deliberately before the hearing on the issue in the court on 14 March.

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar renewed his appeal to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to consider an out-of-court settlement to the Ram Janmabhoomi row, saying he feared a “large-scale” communal flare up if the case was settled by a court or through legislation.

In an open letter to the AIMPLB members, he said going through the court was a loss for both Hindus and Muslims and an out-of-court settlement would be a “win-win situation” for both the communities.

“I urge the leaders of both faiths to take this action seriously. Otherwise, we are pushing our country to the brink of a civil war,” said Ravi Shankar, who has been making persistent mediation efforts, meeting Muslim and Hindu leaders, to find a solution to the dispute.

He gave four possible situations — the court giving away the to the Muslims, awarding the land to the Hindus, upholding the order that says there should be a mosque built on one acre whilst the remaining 60 acres be utilised to build the temple and Parliament passing a legislation.

“In all the four options, either through the court or through the government, the will be devastating for the nation in general and the Muslim community in particular,” he said.

Ravi Shankar said the best solution would be an out-of-court settlement, in which the Muslim bodies come forward and gift one acre of to the Hindus, who, in turn, would gift five acres of land nearby to the Muslims to build a bigger mosque.

Ravi Shankar met Ittehad-e-Millat Council chief Maulana Tauqir Raza Khan on Tuesday in and said the issue should be resolved by finding a ‘win-win’ situation for both the sides.

Ravi Shankar, who reached the Trishul airbase here in a private jet, offered a ‘chadar’ at the Dargah Ala Hazrat and also visited the Alakhnath temple and offered prayers to Lord Shiva.

“Ram Temple should be constructed, a mosque should be constructed. Both, the parties should be happy, and groundwork in this direction is going on. We can create a win-win situation,” Ravi Shankar told reporters here.

Referring to a remark made by him earlier, Ravi Shankar said he had cited Syria just as an example.

“It was a point of view and no threat. There is no point in giving a threat. I cannot imagine it even in my dreams. We want peace and an atmosphere of harmony…I feel that the situation which is prevailing in other countries should never arise in our country. We are working in those countries,” he said.

The spiritual leader said that in Iraq, there were nearly 15 lakh refugees living in tents and his organisation’s people were providing them food and medicines. All I want to say that there should be no communal violence in the country, he said adding that both the communities should move forward.

“There is a temple…Both the sides will and hold talks. There should be temple as well as a mosque, and both sides should win, and this is our intention,” he added.

Talking to reporters, Khan said that Ravi Shankar said he was trying to create such an atmosphere that different parties of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute may sit, hold talks and find a solution.

MeanwhileFormer JD(U) president Sharad Yadav today condemned Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s statement that there could be “a Syria in India” if the Ayodhya dispute was not resolved.

Yadav alleged that the remarks were a “veiled threat” to the minorities and charged Sri Sri with making a political statement while claiming to be a spiritual guru.



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