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Salman Nadvi, Isa Mansuri agree to shifting of Babri Masjid: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Thursday February 8, 2018 9:40 PM, News Network

Sri Sri with Muslim leaders

Art of Living (AOL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Thursday claimed that Salman Hussaini Nadvi, Isa Mansuri and some 14 other "prominent" members of the Muslim community have agreed to shifting of Babri Masjid and out of the court solution of the Ayodhya dispute.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar claimed that he had held on Thursday a meeting with All India Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Salman Hussaini Nadvi, World Islamic Forum chairman Maulana Isa Mansuri, Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board chairperson Zufar Ahmad Farooqui, Wasif Hasan of Teelay Wali Masjid in Lucknow, retired IAS officer Dr Anis Ansari and others.

"They have supported the proposal of shifting the Masjid outside to another place. Many Muslim stakeholders are cooperating in this matter," Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said as per a statement released by AOL.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's claim came on the day when the Supreme Court began hearing of the case, though it deferred it till March 14, but not without saying that it will hear the case solely as a land dispute case.

The Supreme Court also asked parties before the Allahabad High Court in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute to file in two weeks English translation of documents exhibited by them.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had begun his "mediation" efforts after the Supreme Court had on March 21, 2017 advocated out of the court solution of the decades old Ayodhya dispute. He however could not get the needed support from either of the two rival factions.

While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had distanced itself from Sri Sri's attempt to mediate in the protracted issue, during the Dharma Sansad held at Udupi in Karnataka in November last year, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat too refused to lend his support.

Some other members of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) while talking to said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in last few months tried very hard to earn the support of the top leadership of the Muslim panel, including its President Syed Rabey Hasani Nadvi. None, however, was ready to lend support.

Interestingly, Sri Sri's claimed meeting with Salman Nadvi and others came even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) members have gathered in Hyderabad for its much publicised meeting - especially because of the situation arising out of the government's adamance to pass the triple talaq bill which is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The board sources said, besides triple talaq bill, Ayodhya dispute is also part of the agenda of the Muslim panel's meeting in Hyderabad.


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