Union minister Anil Dave passes away

Thursday, May 18, 2017,10:05 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Union Environment Minister and BJP leader Anil Madhav Dave passed away today. He was 60.
Dave complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, according to official sources.
Anil Dave was best known for crafting the BJP strategy to unseat Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh as Madhya Pradesh chief minister in 2003. He was a two time Member of Parliament, representing Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.
He was born on 6 July 1956 in Badnagar, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. He did his M.Com at Gujarati College, Indore. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and was working for conservation of the Narmada River. He was an advocate of Asbestos Free country in environment forums.
He has written several books in Hindi and two in English, including ‘From Amarkantak to Amarkantak’ and ‘Beyond Copenhagen’. Dave has been a member of the Committee on Water Resources, member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He has also been a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change. Dave was appointed as the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Modi Government’s cabinet expansion on 5 July 2016.
The news of Dave, a bachelor, was broken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet, who said he was with the minister until late last evening, discussing policy issues. PM said he was “shocked” by the sudden demise of a friend and respected colleague.
The Prime Minister said Dave will be remembered as a devoted public servant who was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.
“I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss,” he said in a tweet.
The body will be taken to his residence at Safdarjung road and kept there for a few hours after which it will be flown to Indore where the minister’s brother lives.