Palaniappan Chidambaram (born on 16 September 1945) is an Indian politician and attorney who currently serves as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and formerly served as Union Minister of Finance of India. Chidambaram is a corporate lawyer and an important member of the last Congress-led government. He has been the Finance Minister since May 2004, except for a three and a half year stint – beginning November 2008 – as Home Minister, in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Chidambaram returned as Finance Minister in July 2012, succeeding Pranab Mukherjee, who demitted office to become the President of India.
He was called by Indian Prime Minister Modi as “recounting minister” on various occasions while Modi addressing election campaigns
In the budget for 1996–97, Chidamba discipline in government spending and launched an ambitious tax reform program to tackle an unwieldy fiscal deficit.
Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha for Maharashtra
Minister of Finance from 31 July 2012 to 26 May 2014 along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Chidambaram was elected to the Lok Sabha(Lower House) of the Indian Parliament from the Sivaganga constituency of Tamil Nadu in general elections held in 1984. He was a union leader for MRF and worked his way up in the Congress party. He was the Tamil Nadu Youh Congress president and then the general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee unit.