President Maithripala Sirisena pointed during a lunch hosted last week at the residence of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar for a Sri Lankan delegation including diplomats and members of media, to a photograph taken with the Ansar family in 2009 in Egypt and said that the jacket has been a part of his attire for years, long before Indian Premier Modi’s rise to fame.

He told journalists that the photograph was taken in December, which incidentally was the same month he was seen out and about canvassing for presidency in 2014. He said the reason why he was sporting the said garment was to brave cold weather.

Ever since the presidential election in 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena has been portrayed by most cartoonists with the jacket as a fixture and a trademark of his image.