He claimed that his Foundation has already received invitation from Australia, Mexico and other nations for holding the next edition of the event.

"We need a certain maturity. I don't mind but I request all political parties. Whenever such a grand event is being organised, party politics should be kept aside,” he added.

"You should come together so that India's prestige on the world stage rises. It is not easy to organise an event of this magnitude.... It is a major thing... so that people from across the world can feel connected," the spiritual guru said.

"People from across the world are amazed. We got a letter from the Australian Prime Minister asking us to hold the event there. They are ready to give all the help we need, from Mexico.... The countries are keen to host this event. At the same time, the international media is asking why the Indian press is so harsh towards this festival. I smiled and said that I don't know," he cited.

Asked about his reported remarks that "Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad should go together" after a Pakistani scholar's address at the event yesterday, he said, "They said guruji said something. That's not the case. The imam always concludes his talk with Pakistan Zindabad. I said that yes you can say it and I say Jai Hind. So I said Jai Hind and he said Pakistan Zindabad.

"I said it could be a win-win situation for both the countries. Somewhere we need to connect. We need to come together and that's what is happening," he said. Defending the organising of the festival on the flood plains of Yamuna, he said they would work for the rejuvenation of the river.

Replying to a query related to his statement that he would not pay the Rs five crore fine imposed by National Green Tribunal, he said the NGT has made it clear that it was not a fine but compensation to rejuvenate the area.

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