He further said that the petitioners have risen from 135 to 250 by last night. Out of the 250 petitioners, interestingly, not one from the Wharton school had been signatory to the petition.
Post the announcement, Suresh Prabhu, member of the Shiv Sena who also was to address the event cancelled the same. Suresh said that the decision to cancel Modi’s address who is a three-time elected CM is ridiculous and as a mark of protest he would not be attending the event.
He said: “It was Wharton which invited him. Modi did not ask that he be invited. And if you are calling off the invite, I think it is not only an insult of the Gujarat chief minister but of the entire country.”
The BJP, reacting to the recent developments, stressed that the Gujarat CM does not require any certificates from any International body. BJP spokesperson said: “It is Modi's acceptance in India that matters. He needs no certificate from any international forum. He had not filed an application to speak at Wharton. They had invited him. Let them keep it.”
The Adani Group which was one of the platinum sponsors of the event chose to withdraw its sponsorship stating that there are already five sponsors sharing the cost of the program. The Adani group has a large presence in Gujarat, and like other industry houses, it has been thankful to the government support in the state.
Group chairman Adani would also not be attending the conference. “Adani had conveyed his inability to join Wharton India Economic Forum long back as he has other pressing commitments,” said a Group spokesperson.
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