New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the way forward on giving reservations in job promotions to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) has been postponed, said official sources.

The meeting will now be held sometime in the first week of June after the Prime Minister returns from his Myanmar trip May 26-28, said the sources.

The meeting was scheduled in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling that quashed reservation in promotions for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes employees in government jobs, given by the then Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in Uttar Pradesh headed by Mayawati.

While the BSP has now demanded a constitutional amendment to provide quota in promotions, its main political rival Samajwadi Party (SP), which rules the state at present, wants the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) also to be included in this promotions quota benefit.

Members of parliament from the SC and ST communities had earlier this month met the prime minister and demanded that the government should bring an amendment to the constitution or approach the apex court once again.

The issue assumes political significance as the presidential election is due in July and the government does not want to annoy either the Samajwadi Party or the BSP, whose support would be crucial to get the Congress nominee elected to the country's top-most post.


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