Staff Correspondent

Dharwad:The Benachi Gram Panchayat has eight seats with four from the adjacent Dori village. Initially, even the Dori villagers expressed solidarity with the decision of the committee and refrained from filing nomination papers.

However, a last-minute filing of nomination papers by a youth resulted in the filing of nomination papers by eight persons for two seats. But by the time the deadline for the withdrawal of nomination papers ended, five withdrew their nomination papers resulting in the election of one candidate unopposed.

While three have remained in the fray for one seat, none has filed nomination papers for the remaining two seats.