New Delhi: The Communist Party of India on Monday indicated that the Left may consider allowing the government to discuss with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) an India-specific safeguards agreement needed for operationalising the nuclear deal with the United States without initialling it.

Party General Secretary A. B. Bardhan told NDTV that the UPA-Left Committee, constituted to go into the apprehensions over the deal, may consider such a proposition.

“It is not a question of my considering it. I am again repeating it, it’s a question of being said in the Committee which has been set up and the Committee coming to this finding that yes it can be allowed provided they come back before initialling it, before sending it to the (IAEA) Board of Governors, they (government) should come and at that time also we say [that no, nothing doing, they must stop.]” — PTI