Vinay Pradhan, Congress party’s Meerut district president, praised Rahul Gandhi but chose the infamous sobriquet — Pappu — usually used by the party vice-president’s critics. Allegedly Pradhan had sent the post in the party’s local WhatsApp group that went viral in no time. He was soon removed from his post. The sacked Congress leader denied sending the message and cried foul. Pradhan also said the party did not hear him out before removing him from all posts.