New Delhi : Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away on Thursday at the age of 60.
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. 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.
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member, Dave represented Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha since 2009.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in a statement, also condoled the passing away of the minister.
Shocked by his sudden demise, Gandhi said that Dave was soft spoken and gentle human being. "He will be fondly remembered for his humble personality," she added.
Gandhi conveyed her condolences to the members of Dave's family, admirers and supporters.
Expressing shock over the same, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also extended his condolence.
"Shocked and extremely sad to know the sudden demise of my colleague Sri Anil Madhav Dave, Environment Minister.My heartfelt condolences," Naidu tweeted.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also prayed for peace to the departed soul.
"Deeply shocked & saddened by demise of my colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. May God render peace to the departed soul," Jaitley tweeted.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar took to Twitter to express shock at the 'untimely' demise.
"Shocked & saddened by untimely demise of Shri. Anil Dave. India has lost a promising leader who had immense concern for our environment," Parrikar tweeted.
It is extremely shocking and saddening to learn of the demise of our colleague and Union Environment Minister Shri Anil Madhav Dave. 1/3— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 18, 2017
Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi also expressed grief over the sudden death, saying it was a personal loss for him.