CPN-UML, the biggest party in the current ruling coalition, has decided to leave the government while withdrawing its support to the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government.

A secretariat meeting held on Monday at the party’s central office took the decision to this effect, three days after Prime Minister Dahal ditched the alliance.

In the rise of a changed political equation for the presidential election, PM Dahal’s Maoist party is said to support the Nepali Congress candidate.

Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel, 78, and CPN-UML leader Subas Chandra Nembang, 70, have filed their candidacies for the presidential election scheduled for March 9.

Earlier during the nomination of a presidential candidacy, CPN-UML had announced they would stay in the government until March 9.

However, after PM Dahal stopped Foreign Minister Bimala Rai Paudyal, who is a member of CPN-UML, from going to Geneva on Sunday, UML decided to quit the government immediately.

Foreign Minister Paudyal was scheduled to fly to Geneva to take part in the 52nd Human Rights Council conference to be held from February 27 to April 4.