CHITWAN: CPN-UML senior leader Jhala Nath Khanal stated that factionalism in the party must end at the earliest to protect and promote national integrity.

Speaking at the seventh municipal convention of the party’s Ratnanagar chapter in Chitwan district on Sunday, Khanal said disputes within the party might hamper the country’s fight for integrity.

Khanal's comments come at a time when the faction led by senior leader and former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has been accusing the party Chairman KP Sharma Oli-led faction of taking decisions unilaterally.

The former prime minister, meanwhile, also encouraged his cadres to prepare for the local elections supposed to be held by mid-December this year so that it could win majority seats.

Khanal also lauded the budget for the new fiscal year 2016/17 and directed the cadres to make everyone aware of its importance on a national scale.