On his demise, the prime minister tweeted, "I was with Anil Madhav Dave ji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues". Expressing shock, he tweeted deepest condolences to his family and well wishers. "This demise is a personal loss", Modi said.
As mark of respect to the departed Union minister, national flags will fly at half-mast on all government buildings in Delhi and in state capitals on Thursday and Friday.
Later, he undertook a Narmada yatra on a raft as well - which took him 19 days to complete.
" One June 9, he was scheduled to deliver a lecture on integral humanism, and the good governance model followed by Shivaji at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy in Mussoorie", said Jain who is the general secretary of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Research Institute, a Sangh affiliated think tank.
Yesterday evening Mr. Anil was in meetings with Narendra Modi. He was appointed the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on July 5 past year. Dave, always soft spoken, lamented in the Upper House that several real estate lobbies had tried to influence him in various ways when he visited various parts of the country to get suggestions on RERA Bill.
A master strategist, Dave was credited with bringing the BJP to power in MP in 2003 by running a successful campaign against the then Congress Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh.
Minister of State (MoS) (Home) Jitendra Singh told the media about the cause of his death and last rites ceremony.
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Even as the environmentalist took charge of the green ministry, Dave was well known for his statements on striking a balance between development and environment. His dedication to work was highly appreciated.
Dave was along time member of the RSS.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too paid his tribute to the minister.
"Condolences on Sad Demise of Sh Anil Madhav Dave", said Dhanraj Nathwani, senior Vice President of Reliance Industries. He worked tirelessly for Narmada conservation.
The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also expressed his shock over his demise. He took charge of Ministry of Environment Ministry along with the Forest Conservation and Climate Change.
- Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 18, 2017Sudden demise of Anil Madhav Dave ji is hard to believe, heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. His organisational skills and connect with grassroots karyakartas (workers) was unparalleled.
Dave had left a will in 2012 in which he said that his body should be cremated on the banks of the River Narmada.