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    Chidambaram's road to Finance Ministry

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    It's his third stint in the office and the eighth Budget, a record equaled by former Prime Minister Morarji Desai. But this time what will be Palaniappan Chidambaram's bold stamp? Expectations are high for a repeat performance of his 1997 dream Budget where despite the Asian crisis he ensured growth by boosting tax collection by simply lowering income tax slabs and removing surcharge on corporate taxes.