New Delhi: Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away on Thursday at the age of 60.
Dave had not been keeping well for the last few months. He complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, official sources told PTI.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his shock over the sudden death, stating it as a personal loss.
Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2017
“Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He 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 tweeted.
Several Central and state politicians also expressed their condolences.
Dave took charge as Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), in New Delhi on July 6, 2016. A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member, Dave represented Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.