New Delhi: Who will be the next President of India? The Presidential elections slated in June have given sleepless nights to almost every political party. The Samajwadi Party, which has recently come out with flying colours in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh is also leaving no stone unturned to develop consensus among the political factions especially the non-Congress parties over the crucial polls.

Samajwadi Party general secretary Kiranmoy Nanda recently met Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the strategy for bringing an ideal candidate to replace Pratibha Patil in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The second phase of Budget Session starting from April 24 is likely to accelerate the drive among political parties for building common stance on an ideal nominee for the Presidential election.

Sources claim that the SP is eyeing a Muslim nominee, who is presently holding an important position. However, they denied revealing the name.

A senior SP leader said, “The Presidential election is very crucial. We are trying to build consensus with the political parties over the nominees. But it is highly unpredictable.”