No govt role in negotiations on Ayodhya dispute: Naqvi

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi dismissed the Opposition’s allegation that the government was playing a role in the negotiations to resolve the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute in Ayodhya.

Naqvi, however, said it would be an “ideal” situation if the issue was resolved through peaceful deliberations among parties to the dispute.

The minister’s remarks come in the wake of Art of Living Foundation head Sri Sri Ravi Shankar offering to mediate in the matter through out-of-court talks, to which the Supreme Court is not averse.

The spiritual leader said that he would visit the Uttar Pradesh town on November 16 to meet all the stakeholders.

The Congress earlier dubbed the spiritual leader as a “government agent representing its interest” in the dispute.

“The government is not involved in it (dispute), nor is it playing any role in the negotiations. If the issue is settled among the parties through peaceful discussions, nothing like it,” Naqvi said.

(Agencies)

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