Wharton Row: Can Kejriwal replicate Modi's oratory skills?

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New Delhi, March 5: The controversy surrounding the delivery of keynote address at Wharton India Economic Forum seems not likely to end soon. After snubbing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was initially invited to deliver the keynote address via video conference, now Wharton School has invited Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal to address students during the forum.

But, the question is whether Kejriwal has the charisma and magic of Modi? Recently, Modi has wooed young and enthusiastic crowd at Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), in New Delhi. The development model of Gujarat, initiated under Modi has many supporters. Now, what Kejriwal is going to speak at the forum?

Kejriwal is new to Indian politics. He has just taken his baby steps, after he and his former mentor Anna Hazare spearheaded anti-corruption campaign across the country. Kejriwal has started his own political party and all set to jump into electoral fray by contesting the forthcoming Delhi Assembly Elections 2013.

However, Kejriwal has denied replacing anyone.

" As per my information, I am not replacing anyone. The invitation to me was an independent one," said Kejriwal.

On Monday, an official statement from the Wharton India Economic Forum stated that Modi had been dropped from the list of keynote speakers. "As it stands currently, Mr. Modi's keynote address at Wharton India Economic Forum has been cancelled."

The 17th Wharton India Economic Forum will be held on 23 March at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Controversy has broke out over the issue. Both Congress and BJP are fighting over whether Modi should have been invited and later uninvited by Wharton School?

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