Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Environment, and a BJP stalwart from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh passed away in AIIMS after suffering a heart attack last night.
Anil Dave started his public life as an RSS pracharak. He is credited with BJPs successive victories in Madhya Pradesh. He was chosen to head the Environment ministry based on his exemplary work in the field of environment conservation. The cause of Narmada river was very close to his heart. The recently concluded Narmada conservation drive in Madhya Pradesh was yet another contribution in his years of work. He was a qualified commercial pilot and had undertaken a Narmada parikrama in a small plane.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the news of his demise on Twitter. PM Modi said that he is shocked and that he has lost a very close associate and that this is a personal loss. PM Modi also mentioned that he was in contact with Anil Dave till last night and was discussing key policy issues. Many BJP leaders including MP Chief Minister have expressed their grief, shock and disbelief at the news of Anil Dave’s untimely death. Aged 61, Anil Dave did not marry and dedicated his whole life to the cause of environment conservation. He will always be remembered as a dedicated public servant.
After Gopinath Munde, Anil Dave is the second cabinet minister in the Modi government to have passed away while in office.
Posted On : 18-May-2017