New Delhi: Union minister Anil Madhav Dave, who died yesterday has said in his will, “Do not erect a memorial when I die, but plant a tree if you loved and respected me.” Dave, who diedat the age of 60, had also expressed the desire to be cremated on the banks of the Narmada, a river that was close to his heart and ran through his home state of Madhya Pradesh. Dave left a will in 2012 in which he said his body should be cremated on the banks of the Narmada.
A bachelor and a long-time RSS member, was known for his work in the field of river conservation. The Union Cabinet passed a condolence resolution on Thursday and observed a two-minute silence in his memory. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had met in the afternoon to pass the resolution.
A senior doctor at AIIMS, where Dave was rushed after he complained of uneasiness on Thursday morning, said the minister suffered a cardiac arrest. He was declared dead at around 9.45am, the doctor informed.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has also condoled the death of Anil Dave.
“In his death our country has lost a very good parliamentarian and a popular leader. Dave will be remembered for his love for nature and commitment to conservation,” Singh has said. Leaders cutting across party lines on Thursday have condoled the demise of the late Union minister and BJP leader remembering him as a soft-spoken, honestp person and a learned man.