It might not be the end of the political career of Palaniappan Chidambaram. Consensus is that the case against him is weak and hence he is unlikely to be convicted even in this ‘Modi-fied’ era.
But the look-out notice, arrest and detention could all be said to have severely dented the image of the former Home Minister who doesn’t walk as much as strut. Since Chidambaram is perched on the ‘wrong’ side of the political line, his prospects in the immediate future seem not all that pleasant.
All the same a talent-starved Congress will do all it can to bail him out. Chidambaram is not exactly a grass-roots politician, not very popular even in his native Sivaganga in southern Tamil Nadu, a backwater with little to boast of for its association with a high-flying leader. He represented the constituency in the Lok Sabha for many years and was a central minister too, but he never bothered to nurse the region. His electoral victories could be largely attributed to the clout of alliance partners.