PM Narendra Modi’s PRO Jagdish Thakkar passes away

New Delhi: Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the Prime Minister’s Office Jagdish Thakkar died here on Monday due to prolonged illness. He was 72.

He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in September and passed away on Monday around 5 a.m., a hospital official said.

After his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the AIIMS where he spent some time with Thakkar’s family.

Expressing sadness on his death, Modi said he was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature.

“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,” he said in a tweet.

“Several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. He had previously served with many Chief Ministers of Gujarat. We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” Modi added.