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Anil Dave, environment minister and BJP strategist, dies at 60

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Environment Minister Anil Dave, a long-time member best known for crafting the strategy to unseat stalwart as chief minister in 2003, died here today. He was 60.

The two-time member from complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away, according to official sources.

The of Dave, a bachelor, was broken by Prime Minister Modi in a tweet, who said he was with the minister until late last evening, discussing policy issues.

"Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences," he said in the tweet. "The demise is a personal loss."

Dave was sworn in as minister with independent charge of environment, forest and climate change last year. He was a member of the since 2009.

Dave had a long-time association with the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh and shot into prominence in 2003 when he crafted the election strategy, leading to the defeat of Chief Minister

President Pranab Mukherjee expressed shock at the sudden demise of the minister.

Modi said Dave will be remembered as a devoted public servant who was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment.

Home Minister said he was saddened to learn of the demise of the minister.

"Dave was very active and sensitive to issues pertaining to environment. His dedication to work was highly appreciated. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the members of Anil Dave's family," Singh said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also expressed grief over the demise of Dave.

president Amit Shah said Dave's contributionto Indian politics and environment conservation was incredible.

"Shocked and deeply pained by the sudden demise of our senior leader Anil Madhav Dave ji. Deepest condolences to his family & friends.

"His organisational skills and connect with grassroots karyakartas (workers) was unparallelled. He always met me with a warm smile on his face," he said in a series of tweets.

Union Law and IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad remembered Dave as a "valued colleague and outstanding MP dedicated to cause of environment & sustainable development".

MP Anurag Thakur said Dave was "a devoted and passionate environmentalist and conservationst who gave his life to public service".

MoS Home Kiren Rijiju called him the "perfect definition of a gentleman and good human being" and added that he will "forever miss his smiling character".

Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan called him a "noble intellectual soul".

MoS Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore called him a "a prolific worker and a wonderful human being."

vice President Rahul Gandhi too paid his tribute to the minister.

"V.Sad to learn of the sudden demise of Union Min Anil Madhav Daveji. He worked tirelessly for Narmada conservation," he tweeted.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 12:48 IST