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P Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram is a senior Congress leader and a Rajya Sabha MP who has previously been the Minister of Finance (1996-1997, 2004-2009, 2012- 2014) as well as the Minister of Home (2008-2012) in the previous UPA governments. A lawyer by profession and an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School, Chidambaram is virtually Congress' most significant face from Tamil Nadu. Recently, as an Opposition leader in the Upper House, Chidambaram frequently criticised the ruling government on issues like demonetization and fiscal policy at large.


Unpreparedness has been the hallmark of Modi government since the first Covid-19 case

March 29, 2020 9:36 am

Not only was the country not prepared for a nationwide lockdown, even the Central government was unprepared. How can one otherwise explain the fact that the Economic Task Force announced by the PM on March 19 has not been constituted so far?

Chidambaram calls lockdown watershed moment, offers plan for transfer of money

March 26, 2020 3:53 am

Chidambaram said the government should ask all employers registered under any law to "maintain current levels of employment and wages", and guarantee to these employers that "wages will be reimbursed by the government within 30 days of payment".

Time to announce partial to total lockdowns in most towns, cities: P Chidambaram

March 18, 2020 5:56 pm

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram speaks to The Indian Express on what he thinks about the government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Yes Bank fiasco part of financial mismanagement under BJP govt's watch: P Chidambaram

March 07, 2020 10:01 pm

The senior Congress leader's remarks come two days after the RBI imposed a moratorium on crisis-ridden Yes Bank, restricting withdrawals to Rs 50,000 per depositor till April 3.

BJP’s ability to govern financial institutions exposed: Chidambaram

March 07, 2020 4:05 am

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said bad loans given during the UPA period had led to the present financial condition of the bank.

Yes Bank crisis: Rahul says Modi 'destroying economy', Chidambaram asks 'who's next in line'

March 06, 2020 4:01 pm

Yes Bank was on Thursday placed under a moratorium, with the RBI capping deposit withdrawals at Rs 50,000 per account for a month and superseding its board.

Chidambaram criticises Delhi govt decision to prosecute Kanhaiya in sedition case

February 29, 2020 9:57 am

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said he "strongly disapproved" the Delhi government's decision to prosecute former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. 

'Retrograde, anti-farmer step': Chidambaram on Centre's move to make crop insurance voluntary

February 20, 2020 11:47 am

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said the Centre's decision is another example of "BJP government’s shortsightedness and misplaced priorities."

P Chidambaram writes: May the tukde tukde gangs grow stronger until they achieve their Constitutional goals

February 16, 2020 11:20 am

There is nothing unusual or inherently wrong about a right-wing ideology. It is only when right-wing leaders politicise their religion and attempt to divide people on the ground of religion that the Constitution is violated and social harmony is disrupted. The BJP has done just that.

Chidambaram: BJP lying, Oppn not against citizenship, seeks inclusion

February 14, 2020 3:17 am

Chidambaram also said the BJP-led Union government brought in the Citizen (Amendment) Act (CAA) following the “fiasco” in Assam due to the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC).


Bhandari ‘admits’ to email from Robert Vadra, DU admissions begin: Top headlines of today

June 01, 2016 11:10 am

From Chidambaram saying there was nothing wrong in the second affidavit drafted in the Ishrat Jahan case to Sanjay Bhandari admitting to email from Robert vadra, top news that made headlines today.

Top Frames: Best pictures from the week gone by

November 22, 2014 8:00 am

Here are the pics of the week gone by.

Interim Budget 2014: Chidambaram woos middle class with duty sops on automobiles

February 17, 2014 6:27 pm

In sops to middle-class ahead of the elections and to boost manufacturing, the Interim Budget Monday slashed excise duty on cars and two- wheelers, capital goods and consumer non durables and acceptance of long standing demand of one-rank-one-pension for ex-servicemen.


Express Eye for Detail Ep 12: Two years of demonetisation, the Diwali mess and Faizabad renamed as Ayodhya

November 12, 2018 9:37 am

Two years on, The Indian Express learns that RBI did not approve of demonetisation and more about the week’s top stories in Express Eye for Detail episode 12.

P Chidambaram At Express Adda

May 10, 2016 4:34 pm

There is no new idea in Budget 2016-17: P. Chidambaram

February 29, 2016 4:37 pm

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Congress Leader P. Chidambaram on Monday said that one big take away from Budget 2016-17 was that there is no new idea presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, adding that NDA has followed its own brand of budget making. He further said that there is no major relief for tax payers, and the reduction of corporate tax rate from 30 percent to 29 percent for a very limited class, is laughable. He said that the only virtue of the budget is that it has left every section disappointed and he is happy that the UPA schemes have been continued with. He added that the government is boasting that they collected more tax than ever, but it was only due to excise on crude and not from corporate tax.

Why was Chidambaram silent when Afzal was hanged?: Swamy

February 25, 2016 9:55 am

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Attacking former finance minister P Chidambaram for his remarks on Afzal’s hanging, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said what took him two years to open his mouth? Swamy questioned that despite being in part of UPA government at that time, why had Chidambaram maintained silence, if there were grave doubts about the extent of Afzal’s involvement in the 2001 Parliament attack. He further said a case of sedition should be filed against him for provoking people to bring down the current government.