Mumbai: Denying that his party had ever endorsed former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma’s candidature for the Presidential polls, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday said person with “non-political” background could be an “ideal” choice for the post of the country’s next President. 

Replying to a question regarding the candidature of NCP leader Sangma, NCP chief Pawar said, “Both UPA and NDA don't have the required numbers to ensure that candidate of their choice gets elected as the next President. Hence, I feel that a non-political person can be an ideal choice.”

He was responding to a question whether NCP had suggested the name of party leader and former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma as a possible candidate.

"We have a total of 16 MPs and know our limitations. All political parties should initiate a dialogue to find out a consensus candidate on merit, who does not have political background," Pawar told reporters after inaugurating a girls' hostel in Navi Mumbai near here.

Pratibha Patil's term as President of India ends in July.

JPN/Agencies