Harish Khare resigns as Prime Minister's media advisor
The Prime Minister's media advisor, Harish Khare, stepped down on Thursday after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced the appointment of senior television journalist Pankaj Pachauri to advise it on communication strategies. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jan 20, 2012 00:31 IST
The Prime Minister's media advisor, Harish Khare, stepped down on Thursday after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced the appointment of senior television journalist Pankaj Pachauri to advise it on communication strategies.
Asked about the reason for his resignation, Khare replied, "There is no specific reason."
Khare's resignation came as much as a surprise as his appointment in June 2009, particularly because Khare, a senior journalist, had been deeply critical of the Congress leadership in his writings before he joined the PMO.
Even after joining the PMO, Khare created a flutter in September 2010, when he described the Congress as " a status quoist party, which did not believe in any conviction."
Khare's resignation marks the end of a tenure marked with several controversies, which left the PMO red-faced on many occasions. The latest being a fiasco over the Prime Minister's off-the-record comment on Bangladesh during his interaction with editors of the print media appearing on the PMO website last year.
Not known to be easily accessible, Khare shared an uneasy relationship with sections of the media. In June last year, Khare faced criticism when two editors from the print media briefed reporters on their interaction with the PM, instead of the media advisor.