A TRS worker on Wednesday attempted self-immolation at a party meeting in the presence of a Telangana minister.
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% burns. He was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad, where his condition is stated to be critical.
"One Ayub Khan after delivering a speech at the meeting came down from the dais and suddenly doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze. He has been shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad," a senior police officer said.
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.
The Hindu reported that Khan’s request for a nominated post was forwarded and scheduled to be one of the recommended names for appointment of directors of Minorities Finance Corporation. However, there was no progress, which irked Khan.
After the incident, Khan's supporters staged a road blockade, demanding justice.