Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave dies at 60

James Marshall
May 19, 2017

He was a Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.

Dave, who died in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 60, had expressed the desire to be cremated on the banks of Narmada, a river that was close to his heart and ran through his home state of Madhya Pradesh. "This demise is a personal loss", he said in a tweet on Thursday.

Hoshangabad: Late Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave's last rites were performed at his ancestral place here.

He was deputed to the BJP before the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections in 2003, whereafter he emerged as a key strategist in the party's victories in subsequent assembly polls in 2008 and 2013 as also the party's performance in the Lok Sabha polls from the state. He worked tirelessly for Narmada conservation. "He was an accomplished writer both in Hindi and English language", the Congress leader said, as per a release issued by his office.

Bhupendra Singh said that he was shocked over the sudden demise of Dave.

Daves love for environment and water bodies is also reflected in his will that he left for those who wanted to cherish his memories, BJPs spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said.

Dave was born to Pushpa and Madhav Dave at Barnagar, district Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on July 6, 1956. "We developed a good rapport as friends from the time when Anil Dave had been functioning as "Vibhag Pracharak" in Bhopal. He has served the country with dedication for his whole life", Chouhan said in a tweet.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her condolence message said: "Saddened at the sudden passing of Union Minister Anil Dave Ji".

He was a former pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party's ideological parent, and used to identify himself as an "RSS swayamsewak" (volunteer) on his Twitter handle before he became minister.

The Cabinet met under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the Government and the entire nation.

- Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) May 18, 2017Anil Madhav Dave ji was a real nature lover, had a vision of protecting environment & ensuring development. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also expressed his shock over his demise.

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