Hours after BSP chief Mayawati accused the Congress of colluding with the BJP, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she would rather die than benefit the BJP in this election. “I’ve not said I am putting weak candidates. I’ve said very clearly Congress is fighting this election on its own strength. I’d rather die than benefit BJP. We have chosen candidates that are either fighting very strongly or cutting BJP votes,” she said. 

One soldier was killed and another injured in a gunfight today at a central force base in Bagnan in West Bengal’s Howrah district. Central forces have been deployed in the region ahead of Lok Sabha polls for the Howrah constituency, which votes on May 6 in the sixth phase of elections.