Mamata lashed out at Modi for accusing her of asking for Bangladeshi immigrants' votes.
"Modi wants to pack off Bengalis from India. Who is he to decide?" Mamata said. She added that Bangladeshis came to India under a pact signed in 1971 by then prime minister Indira Gandhi and the first president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.
"Modi does not know that speaking in Bangla does not make one a Bangladeshi"
"Modi does not know history. He does not know that speaking in Bangla does not make one a Bangladeshi. Modi wants to divide Bengalis and non-Bengalis. Anyone who speaks in Bangla across India is branded a Bangladesh. This is discrimination. If on Bengal's soil he says Bangladeshis will have to pack their bags and go, people of Bengal will throw him out", said Banerjee.
Mamata also urged Election Commission to take action against Modi.
The war of words between the two leaders began after in a a rally in Serampore in West Bengal on Sunday, Modi had said, "You can write it down. After May 16, these Bangladeshis better be prepared with their bags packed." SOon, Mamata retorted sharply to Modi's statements.
Clearly targeting TMC,Modi said, "You are spreading the red carpet for vote bank politics. If people come from Bihar, they are outsiders to you. It people come from Odisha, they are outsiders to you. But if some Bangladeshi comes, your face seems to shine. This country cannot run like this. We won't allow you to destroy the country for the sake of your vote bank politics."