Chouhan expresses grief over Union MoS Shri Dave’s death

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed deep sorrow over the death of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Forests and Environment Anil Madhav Dave. In his condolence message, Chouhan said that Dave displayed administrative efficiency and skillfulness in the role of Union Minister of State. The passing away of an able coordinator of his stature is an irreparable loss to the country and the state.

Chouhan said that it is hard to believe that Dave is no longer between us. He was a river conservator, environmentalist, creative thinker, able coordinator and an exceptional strategist. He dedicated his entire life for the country and the service of society. He cared for everyone. The contribution of his skillful strategy was apparent from the BJP’s victory in three Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections. Dave was always busy in work and was such a great devotee of Maa Narmada that he would reach the banks of Narmada whenever he could find time. He performed Narmada Parikrama through a small plane and raft. That time he had organized several programmes and choupals for Narmada conservation. Every two years he would organize Nadi Mahotsav in which I also took part. When he was told about the Narmada Seva Yatra, he was very happy. In between he was unwell but still he attended the Narmada Seva Yatra on May 9 and stayed the entire day. He also took part in Nadi, Jal and Paryavaran Sammelan held in Bhopal on May 8. During a telephonic discussion after the completion ceremony of Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak, he had said that the next work-plan should now be worked out. His untimely demise is a personal loss for me but destiny is not in our hands. Chouhan prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and give strength to his family to bear the loss.

Last rites in Bandrabhan

Late Dave’s last rites will take place with full state honours as per his last wish at Bandrabhan on May 19 at the spot where Nadi Mahotsava is organized. There will be a two-day state mourning on May 18 and 19.