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Kathmandu: CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli claimed that Nepali Congress brought up the issue of cooperative scam after Rabi Lamichhane, chair of the Rastriya Swatantra Party, rejected their offer to become the prime minister.

Oli also claimed that Nepali Congress, the largest party in the lower house, wanted to come to power at any cost after the earlier coalition government between Congress and Maoist broke down.

In a program organized in Kathmandu on Saturday, Oli said Nepali Congress has been engaging in undemocratic activities by regularly obstructing the house meeting.

Nepali Congress has been obstructing the house, demanding that a house panel be formed to investigate allegations against Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Lamichhane.

On Friday, during the first meeting of the budget session of the House of Representatives, Nepali Congress lawmakers picketed the rostrum and chanted slogans demanding that their demands be addressed at the earliest.

Gagan Thapa, general secretary of Nepali Congress, said Nepal Congress will not allow the house to proceed with its proceedings until a probe committee is formed to investigate Lamichhane’s alleged involvement in embezzling cooperative funds.

Addressing the program today, Oli said Nepali Congress offered Lamichhane the opportunity to become prime minister for one and a half years. “But as he [Lamichhane] rejected the offer, they accused him of cooperative fraud,” he said.