Sajith prefers being labelled ‘padman’ than ‘manwiththevan’

New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa says he has no issues being labelled ‘padman’ after doctored images were published of him holding a sanitary napkin in his hand.

Premadasa tweeted saying that more than half of adolescent girls in Sri Lanka miss school when on their period according to UNICEF impacting girls’ education.

He said that a United National Front Government reduced the 100% levy on sanitary products to 63% but thousands of women still suffer stigma and put themselves at risk every month.

“I will not shy away from this conversation. If we are serious about women’s empowerment, this is a basic place to begin. Until sustainable cost effective alternatives are found, I stand by my promise to provide sanitary hygiene products free of charge,” he said.

Premadasa said that he remains committed to women’s rights and will wear the ‘padman’ label proudly.

“In my view, it is certainly preferable to being the #manwiththevan,” he tweeted.

His opponent at the Presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has been accused of being involved in abducting people using white vans when he was the Defence Secretary.


  1. Why do you have to make “everything” free?
    Just increase the sanitary manufacturing prvt companies. This will increases the competition among the companies bcz of that the cost will be reduced and more quality products will be available.

  2. I do not think he will remember all these countless promises that he is giving to people of Sri Lanka,

    Certainly Sajith is louder than the Ghotabaya is it because “Empty Vessel Makes the Most Noise”??

    Is he really want to make so many changes and improvements where was he last four and a half years?

  3. The terrorists and drug smugglers love PAD MAN(UNP). You don’t have to be the President or Member of Parliament to do something remarkable for the country. Gota is a perfect example for that. If you can’t do something remarkable as an MP, you won’t do anything remarkable as the President.

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