Statesman News Service

NEW DELHI, Feb. 16. — Against the backdrop of his Left allies’ fierce opposition to India’s vote against Iran at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board meetings, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will make a statement on the Iran nuclear issue in Parliament tomorrow.

According to parliamentary affairs minister Mr Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, the PM will make his suo motu statement on Iran in Lok Sabha at 3 p.m. and in Rajya Sabha around 5 p.m. Dr Singh’s detailed take on Iran would set the stage for the two Houses to later discuss the Iran issue comprehensively in the run-up to the decisive 6 March IAEA meeting that is likely to refer Iran to the UN Security Council. The Left parties have been consistently breathing down the UPA government’s neck on Iran, charging it with joining the ranks of the USA and EU against Iran at the behest of the USA and thereby abandoning the course of non-alignment and independent foreign policy.

In his recent statements, the PM, without mentioning Iran, debunked such criticism, maintaining that India’s foreign policy is driven by “enlightened national interest” as well as by the fluid dynamics of an “ever-changing” inter-dependent world. Dr Singh also highlighted the point that foreign policy and domestic interests are now getting increasingly inter-linked.

The Left have, however, made it clear that it will work out a separate strategy with non-Congress, non-BJP parties in Parliament to present its critique of the Iran issue. They have also threatened to “put the government in the dock… and bring it to its knees” if it went ahead with its Iran stand, and it will also “consider its future course of action” depending on Delhi’s position at the 6 March IAEA meeting