During his speech at the election rally in Payyoli on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not fail to mention a few names associated with the historical place apart from lauding the efforts of two Union Ministers from the State.
Payyoli had a special place in the hearts of all Indians. P.T. Usha, the most revered athlete India had ever produced was from this land.
Another feature was that Vasco da Gama had landed here to established trade and commerce with the outside world, he said.
Both, the Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and the Minister for State for External Affairs E. Ahamed were doing excellent work with regard to looking after the welfare of Non-Resident Indians and establishing good relationship with Gulf countries respectively, Mr. Singh said.