BSP chief Mayawati, on Thursday, launched a personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking how one can expect PM Modi to respect women when he cannot respect his own wife.

Mayawati was addressing an election rally in Varanasi along with the alliance partners, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and RLD’s Ajit Singh.

Attacking from the front, she said that the government of guru (master) and chela (disciple) would be ousted from power on May 23, the day results of Lok Sabha elections would be announced, in an apparent reference to PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

Further taking a dig at the PM, she said that women in the BJP are scared of their husbands meeting the prime minister fearing they might also abandon their wives.

“As the election is coming to an end, Modi now remembers women and talk about giving them respect. How can one expect Modi, who cannot respect his wife, to do so for mothers and sisters?” asked Mayawati.

In a press statement issued earlier this week, Mayawati had said, “I have come to know that in BJP, women leaders get scared when they see their husbands going near PM Modi. They fear that like Modi they might also abandon their wives.”

Throwing her weight behind West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the former UP chief minister said that PM Modi is also causing trouble to the WB CM.

“Under such circumstances, I request all the women of the country not to give their votes to such a person. This would also be their real respect to the deserted wife of Modiji,” she said.

She also claimed that PM Modi has lost his sleep after it became clear that the BSP-SP-RLD alliance was winning.

Varanasi goes to polls in the seventh and last phase on May 19.

(With PTI inputs)