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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Chidambaram says Karnataka, Goa crisis will hurt economy

The developments in Karnataka and Goa may help the BJP in"advancing their political goals", but at the "same time they are doing a great disservice to the economic goals of this country", the former finance minister said.

Economic survey: Chidambaram says Modi govt appears to be 'pessimistic' about economy

The Economic Survey 2019, tabled a day ahead of the Union Budget, has projected a seven per cent GDP growth for the financial year 2019-2020.


No Finance Minister (FM) starts on a clean slate

The slate is always full of writing — some helpful, some harmless, some a headache and some a hindrance!

Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram, Karti interim protection from arrest extended till August 1

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Information (CBI) are probing allegations of irregularities in granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to a foreign firm when Chidambaram was Union finance minister in 2006.

Why does PM Modi repeat lies without verifying facts, asks Chidambaram on INS Viraat row

"I am curious: who feeds these lies to the Prime Minister? Why does the PM repeat the lies without verifying the facts?" P Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram: Economy has entered disastrous phase of slowdown

"A massive shortfall of Rs1.6 lakh crore in the tax revenues would effectively increase the actual fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent. The economy is expected to slow down further,” he said.


Aircel-Maxis case: Chidambaram, Karti protected from arrest till May 30

The court, which had earlier granted them protection till May 6, extended this after senior advocate A M Singhvi, representing Chidambaram and Karti, filed a petition for the same.

'Bhrashtachari No. 1' remark: PM Modi has crossed all limits of decency, says Chidambaram

Reminding PM Modi of a Delhi High Court order, Chidambaram said, "Does Mr Modi read anything at all? Does he know that the charge against Mr Rajiv Gandhi was thrown out by the High Court, Delhi as "completely baseless?".

Dissent in EC shows fear of PM Modi, Amit Shah finally weakening: P Chidambaram

"Closer to May 6, 12 and 19, the Election Commission may actually reprimand Mr Modi and Mr Shah. That means the fear of Modi-Shah is finally weakening," P Chidambaram said.

Why does Imran Khan want Modi to continue as PM, asks Chidambaram

"We are happy that the process has concluded successfully in 2019. But why does the Prime Minister of Pakistan want Mr Modi to continue as Prime Minister of India?" Chidambaram said.

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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.

Nitish Kumar Underlining "Maximum Opposition Unity" Was The Need Of The Hour In The Month Of Feb

Making a clarion call for opposition unity, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it was the need of the hour. Participating in a panel discussion during the launch of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s book “Fearless in Opposition” as part of the Express Book Series along with Rupa, he said, “It is time […]


Demonetisation Worse Than Natural Calamity: P Chidambaram

Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday took on the Modi government over its demonetisation move. He was speaking at a press conference in Nagpur.  Delivering scathing comments, Chidambaram said demonetisation was the biggest scam of the year and demanded that a probe be initiated. He also said the economy was suffering as major markets […]

P Chidambaram At Express Adda

This edition of the Express Adda, held at Express Towers, Nariman Point, Mumbai, saw former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram in conversation with The Indian Express National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra and National Affairs Editor P Vaidyanathan Iyer. Chidambaram took questions from a select audience, speaking about reservations in universities, nationalism, banking […]

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.