The contentious bill criminalising instant Triple Talaq, will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, almost a week after it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which makes instant triple illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband was listed for introduction in the Rajya Sabha by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday.

However, the tabling of the bill was delayed to Wednesday as the Centre tried hard to build a consensus to ensure its smooth passage in the upper house where it does not enjoy brute majority.

“We are in talks with Congress party and others… Hoping for a smooth passage (of Triple Talaq bill) in Rajya Sabha. It might be tabled tomorrow,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had told reporters outside the Parliament House on Tuesday.

The opposition parties including the Congress, Left, AIADMK and the DMK are in favour of sending the Muslim Women Protection of Rights in Marriage Bill 2017 to the Standing Committee but the government rejected the demand.

The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition too were rejected.

But the biggest bone of contention between the BJP and the opposition is the on the three-year jail term clause for the erring husband. The opposition has said that the clause can be misused by women to harass their husbands.

The bill could get stalled in the Rajya Sabha where government lacks a majority and it may be referred to a parliamentary committee for its review.