Indore: The upcoming byelection to Maheshwar assembly constituency in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh has become a `prestige issue` for the ruling BJP and opposition Congress, ahead of the 2013 polls.
The June 12 bypoll is necessitated after elevation of sitting Congress MLA Vijay Laxmi Sadho to Rajya Sabha.
Maheshwar has traditionally been a stronghold of the Congress and BJP faces a tough task in wresting it from the opposition party.
Congress will try to corner BJP by raising the issues like purchasing of wheat being faced by farmers from the district.
Maheshwar is a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes and Sadho had won it in 2008 by a narrow margin of 673 votes.
BJP has won most of the by-elections held since 2008 assembly elections, and this will be the last bypoll to be held before the state polls next year.