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Dismayed at Wharton withdrawing Modi's invitation: Kejriwal

March 23, 2013 21:58 IST

"Troubled" and "dismayed" at Wharton University withdrawing its invitation to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the varsity's decision to change its mind "under pressure" was "very wrong".

Addressing the Wharton India Economic Forum via video-conferencing, Kejriwal, who began his indefinite fast against "inflated" power and water bills today, said he was "dismayed" at the decision.

"I am not a supporter of Mr Modi. In fact, I don't agree with him on many things and have publicly opposed him on many occasions. However, I would like to put on record my dismay at the cancellation of his invitation to speak at this forum," he said.

Kejriwal said to issue an invitation and then cancel it under pressure "is not right. It is very wrong. It is unbecoming of an institution carrying the respected Wharton name".

Read Kejriwal's full speech here