Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passes away

Paterniano Del Favero
Mag 19, 2017

India's environment minister Anil Madhav Dave died Thursday at the age of 60 in New Delhi, shocking colleagues who remembered him as a nature lover committed to conservation.

President Pranab Mukherjee expressed shock at the sudden demise of the minister. She said: "His body will be taken for embalming". He was also part of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change. He added that Dave would always be remembered for his "devoted public service".

To showcase his dedication to the Narmada river's cause, he flew along the river course in a small aircraft, traversed it, held public meetings, organised festivals on its shores, and found solution to everyday solution to the problems of people living along its banks. After his demise, Modi tweeted and stated that he is devoted community servant.

Dave is credited for being able to transform anti-incumbency into votes with catchy slogans like "Mr Bantadhar" and "janta mombatti mein aur raja lal batti mein" against Singh. Reports said that he was facing health issues for some time now.

"Azad also prayed to Almighty to give strength and courage to the near and dear ones of Dave in this moment of grief and also prayed that his departed soul may rest in peace", it said.

Dave was passionate about conservation of river Narmada - lifelines of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat - from his early days.

Dave had been keeping unwell since the past few months and was seen missing several programmes of the environment ministry and was absent from Parliament too on some occasions.

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the members of your family".

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav‏: Shocked to hear about d demise of Anil Dave. He was popular, both in the Rajya Sabha as well as in the organisation. He was a very polite person.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was saddened to learn of the demise of the minister.

"Very sad and shocking".

"Shocked and deeply pained by the sudden demise of our senior leader Shri Anil Madhav Dave ji".

Dave's death was confirmed by family friend, Meena Agarwal.

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