PMO public relations officer Jagdish Thakkar passes away: Senior journalist remembered by politicians for 'exceptional intelligence'

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Prime Minister's Office and senior journalist Jagdish Thakkar passed away on Monday. Thakkar, 72, who was unwell for some time, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying he was a wonderful person who loved his work. "Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi. He was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature," the PM tweeted.

He said several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. He had previously served with many chief ministers of Gujarat.

Other ministers and BJP leaders also condoled Thakkar's death. Union minister Smriti Irani said that Thakkar was "one of the kindest people" and that he was "not a fair weather friend". "Jagdish bhai was never quick to judge," she said, and added, "Lucky to have worked with him. His kindness and guidance will be sorely missed."

Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan also said that he was "deeply saddened" by Thakkar's demise.

Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union minister for Culture, said he was "extremely anguished" to hear about Thakkar's demise.

Press Secretary to the President, Ashok Malik, said "Jagdishbhai was always gracious and affectionate," adding that, "He was also the quintessential public servant — professional and prompt but self-effacing. Those who knew him will miss him."

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2018 11:36:18 IST

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