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Wharton backs WIEF organising committee, but regrets confusion over Modi invite

Press Trust of India
Mar 05, 2013 at 04:47am IST

Washington: Ending its silence, Wharton School has backed the organising committee of Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) on cancelling the address of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but regretted the confusion caused as a result of the change in program.

"The student organisers of the upcoming Wharton India Economic Forum have announced that they have cancelled the proposed keynote address by Narendra Modi," the Wharton School said in a statement on Sunday.

"We appreciate the efforts our students have put forth in organising this event and regret any confusion that may have been caused by the change in program," Wharton School said.

Wharton regrets confusion over Modi invite

The Wharton India Economic Forum revoked its decision on Sunday to invite Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to deliver a key note address.

Since its inception in 1996, the meet has emerged as one of the largest and most prestigious India-focused business conferences that provides a platform for leaders to discuss the opportunities present in India and the challenges that need to be addressed.

Following "furious" protest from a section of university professors and Indian Americans in the country, WIEF in a statement on Sunday had cancelled its invitation to Narendra Modi for delivering address to its annual event on March 23 via video-conference.

A spokesman of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in New Delhi on Sunday said that WIEF has invited Activist and politician Arvind Kejriwal to replace Narendra Modi as the keynote speaker.

However, a WIFE spokesman, said that no such announcement has been made in this regard so far. Earlier keynote speakers have included former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Varun Gandhi and industrialist Anil Ambani.

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