Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for consensus in passing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 which criminalises instant triple talaq and will be tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

“PM Narendra Modi appeals for consensus in passing bill on triple talaq at BJP Parliamentary Party meet,” Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar informed the media after the meeting.

The Union government will table the bill in Parliament after days of logjam in both houses over Congress’ demand for apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat assembly election campaign.

The Centre had on Wednesday extended an olive branch to the Congress, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarified that the Prime Minister didn’t question Singh’s commitment to the nation.

Following Jaitley’s statement, the Congress also reciprocated by disapproving Mani Shankar Aiyar’s criticism of the Prime Minister after which the House resumed normal business.

With both sides reaching a truce, the triple talaq bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament without any hurdles.

The BJP is believed to have issued a three-line whip to its MPs asking them to be present in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

In a bid to ensure that the introduction is smooth, the BJP is understood to have issued the whip so that any stiff opposition from members on the other side at the introduction stage could be thwarted.