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.

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Across the aisle: Taking stock at beginning of year

Four months from today, a new government will be in office (according to the people’s verdict). Nothing that the present government will do between now and April 30 will alter the state of the economy radically.

Specific enhancements on 36 Rafale jets: Windfall for Dassault, says Cong; BJP calls it politics, lies

Addressing a press conference, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the government has “wronged” the country by denying the Air Force 90 fighter aircraft that they desperately needed by reducing the number of jets to be brought from 126 to 36.


INX Media case: Delhi HC extends Chidambaram's interim protection, next hearing on Jan 24

The protection was initially granted to Chidambaram after he filed an anticipatory bail plea in the court fearing arrest after cases were registered by both the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against him.

Aircel-Maxis case: Court extends protection from arrest to P Chidambaram, son Karti till Feb 1

Special CBI Judge O P Saini put up the matter for hearing on February 1 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, told the court that the ongoing probe was about to be completed.

Chidambaram mocks ED over 'Mrs Gandhi' reference in AgustaWestland probe

P Chidambaram's remarks came a day after the ED told a Delhi court that Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, had mentioned Congress leader Sonia Gandhi during the probe.

INX Media case: ED questions P Chidambaram in money laundering case

The central probe agency has earlier grilled Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram in this case and has also attached his assets worth an estimated Rs 54 crore, located in India and abroad.


Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram, son Karti protected from arrest till January 11

On November 26, the CBI had told the court that Centre had accorded sanction to prosecute the former Finance Minister in Aircel-Maxis case.

You overruled SC verdict on SC/ST Act: Chidambaram reminds Jaitley for objecting JPC probe into Rafale

Chidambaram also said several aspects of the Rafale deal were not decided by the Supreme Court. "Who will examine those issues? Or will they go unexamined?" he asked.

Regret not acting on report submitted by interlocutors on Kashmir: P Chidambaram

Chidambaram termed the "muscular military" approach to Kashmir as the "biggest mistake" of the government and claimed it has only driven more youths towards militancy.

Across The Aisle: The familiar sound of the drums

It is the market that first called out the Prime Minister and his government. Markets do not like crude disruptions such as demonetisation. Apart from the enormous pain and suffering that it imposed on millions of people and businesses, demonetisation caused grave uncertainty, and markets dislike uncertainty and unpredictability in government’s policy actions.

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

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

Here are the pics of the week gone by.


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

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.

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

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.


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

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

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.