The incident occurred during a meeting of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) at Tandur in Vikarabad district near Hyderabad.
Peeved over being ignored in the party, former president of party’s Tandur town unit, Ayub Khan poured kerosene and set himself afire at a meeting of party workers in the presence of Transport Minister Mahender Reddy.
Other party workers doused the fire but Khan sustained 60 percent burns. He was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad, where his condition is stated to be critical.
The TRS worker resorted to the extreme step during a meeting convened by the minister to sort out differences among party workers.
Khan was upset over the leadership ignoring those who participated in the movement for a separate Telangana state.
After the incident, Khan’s supporters staged a road blockade, demanding justice.