Kerala Congress (Jacob) leader T.M. Jacob has said the Supreme Court verdict against Kerala Congress (B) leader R. Balakrishna Pillai in the Edamalayar case convicting him and two others for one year rigorous imprisonment and fine “will not affect the prospects of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the coming Assembly elections.”

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Jacob said the Edamalayar case was an old case going on for more than two decades and was politically motivated. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan out of personal vendetta and political animosity had pursued the Edamalayar and palmolein cases.

When asked whether the SNC-Lavalin case against Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan could also be described as a case with political motive, Mr. Jacob said “the SNC-Lavalin case cannot be described as a political case as it involved corruption and loss to the State exchequer.” Mr. Jacob questioned the propriety of presenting a full-fledged budget by outgoing Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac when it had to be implemented by a new government. He said the ‘biggest achievement' of the LDF rule was pushing the State to a budget deficit of Rs.6,016 crore.