Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik today (15 November) expressed hope that efforts to resolve the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute would bear fruit, but stressed that the Supreme Court's verdict on the issue would be binding.
The governor's comments come in the wake of a meeting today between Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, ahead of the spiritual leader's interaction with stakeholders in the Ram Janambhoomi dispute.
"This (mediation) kind of effort is being made by those who believe it will help resolve the issue at the earliest. I wish their efforts bear fruit. But the apex court's final verdict will be binding," Naik told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
The apex court has said the issue should be amicably resolved through a cordial meeting of all parties.
Naik, while thanking those making efforts to settle the matter, also said the court's decision would be the final one and everyone must agree to it.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had said in Delhi earlier this week that he was voluntarily mediating on the temple-mosque dispute and would meet all stakeholders in Ayodhya on 16 November.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear the case on 5 December, a day before the twenty-fifith anniversary of the Babri Masjid’s demolition. PTI
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.