Abhijit Mukherjee, son of Pranab Mukherjee, elected as the 13th President, on Sunday said as a citizen the first request to his father would be to take up the issue of Sarabjit Singh's release with his Pakistani counterpart.
"I know the plight of Sarabjit's family members who used to come to my father in Delhi during his tenure in union cabinet. Our government should do something concrete to get him released from the Pakistan jail and hand him over to his family," the Congress MLA from Nalhati in West Bengal said.
Sarabjit is currently in solitary confinement in Pakistan jail for years.
Ecstatic over his father's win as 13th President, Abhijit, who is in Kolkata, said that he congratulated his father over phone and the newly elected President has invited him to Delhi on Monday. "And I shall take sweets for 'baba' to celebrate the win," he said.
"Already some of our family members, including my aunt, have left for Delhi by train", he said.
To a question, Abhijit said that cross-voting to may father's favour had taken place in the Presidential poll and "this indicates his popularity and acceptability among other political parties".
"I am more proud of my father, since he is the first Bengali to have been elected as the President", he said.
To a question, Abhijit reminded how he had been benefitted by his father's advice even during his 26-year tenure in the corporate world.
"My father asked me to be disciplined and punctual and deliver quality work, besides giving due regards to my superiors," he said.