Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave dies at 60

Anil Dave PM Narendra Modi

Anil Dave PM Narendra Modi

A senior doctor at AIIMS, where Dave was rushed after he complained of uneasiness this morning, said the minister suffered a cardiac arrest. It is like I have lost a part of my student life", recalled Madhya Pradesh Congress chief spokesman KK Mishra."Anil Dave was studying in Gujarati Commerce College while I studied at the Christian College in Indore.

Dave was sworn in as minister on July 6, 2016 following a reshuffle in the Modi cabinet.

Born in Barnagar, Ujjain, Dave had been member of the Rajya Sabha since August 2009.

Modi tweeted and expressed shock at the sudden demise of the environment minister, calling it a personal loss.

A pall of gloom descended at "Nadi Ka Ghar" (house of rivers), the residence of Union minister Anil Madhav Dave, as the news of his sudden demise reached Bhopal on Thursday morning. Anil Madhav ji's contribution to Indian politics and environment conservation was incredible. The demise of Dave is a big loss to the nation, Rudy said and prayed that almighty give strength to his family to bear the same.

Dave had also expressed a wish that his last rites should be performed only through "vaidik" rituals without any pomp.

"Deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden demise of my dear colleague, Anil Madhav Dave ji".

The opposition Congress' state president Arun Yadav also condoled Dave's death, describing him as soft-spoken politician and skilled political organiser."Even in the era of polluted politics, Dave focused on ethical and value based politics", said Yadav in a media statement. "He will above all be remembered for his crucial role in making the Kigali Agreement, so critical to fight unsafe climate change".

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced two-day state mourning on the minister's passing away. He was the founder of Narmada Samagra, a non-profit organisation which works on conservation of the Narmada and its catchment areas through various activities and events. He added that Dave would always be remembered for his "devoted public service". "My condolences", he said in a tweet. He was also active on rural development issues in Madhya Pradesh. He has left his Union Minister's position vacant.

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