Phangnon Konyak, a member of the BJP, made history on Tuesday by becoming the first woman from Nagaland to preside over the Rajya Sabha. On July 17, Konyak was selected to the panel of vice-chairpersons for the first time as a Rajya Sabha member.
An official release said, “Marking a landmark milestone in history, the first woman from Nagaland to serve in the Rajya Sabha presided over the House today.
She is also the second woman from the state to be elected to either the house of Parliament or the state legislature, and the first from Nagaland to be elected to the Rajya Sabha (April 2022).
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed by the House, making us glad it was a productive one. She also bears the distinction of being the second woman from the northeastern state to be elected to either the House of Parliament or the state assembly and the first Naga woman to be elected to the RS.
Konyak tweeted, “Immensely privileged, humbled and overwhelmed…,” to express her gratitude and pride.
Immensely fortunate, humbled, and overjoyed to preside over the Rajya Sabha today, Konyak said in a tweet. Happy that it was a fruitful one with the House passing The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022. Women are being treated with the respect and room they deserve in politics and positions of leadership thanks to the inspirational leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji. I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji, the most revered Rajya Sabha Chairman, for this chance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to this tweet by writing, “A very proud moment.
Immensely privileged, humbled and overwhelmed to preside over the Rajya Sabha today. Happy that it was a productive one with The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022, having been passed by the House. Under the visionary leadership of Hon'ble PM Shri… pic.twitter.com/DnAdyWybWF
— S. Phangnon Konyak (@SPhangnon) July 25, 2023
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar last week nominated Konyak and three more women members (50 percent of the total number) — P T Usha, Fauzia Khan (NCP), and Sulata Deo (BJD) — to the panel of vice-chairpersons to promote gender equity.