Bhopal: Eyeing on the possibility of formation of a third front, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has started to woo the Muslim vote banks in Madhya Pradesh by nominating Chaudhari Munawar Salim to the Rajya Sabha.

The Muslims have extended massive support to the SP in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

The SP could be the new platform for the Muslims in Madhya Pradesh. Salim emerged as new player in the state politics. He unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls from Vidisha seat against BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in 2009.

The SP is projecting Salim as the prominent Muslim face of the party in the state. He contested Lok Sabha election against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and finished at third position.

The SP has a sizable vote bank in Bundelkhand region where the party has been winning some seats. It is being said that senior party leader Azam Khan has been instrumental in nominating Salim to the Upper House.

JPN/Bureau