Mangaluru: It is natural to curse the electricity board and the government when long hours of power shortages take place. 
But, a 46-year-old Bellare trader, who is a resident of Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, angry from this problem went ahead and called the state power minister, DK Shivakumar and the Mangaluru Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) engineer incharge and abused them. He used offensive language and blamed them for being responsible for the frequent power cuts. This action of his landed him in jail.
Sai Giridhar Rai, the accused was arrested by the Dakshina Kannada police on the same day after the MESCOM officials filed a complaint against him. 
Giridhar, former president of the Bellare Traders Association around 8 pm on Sunday evening  called up the minister and the MESCOM official and abused them over telephone.
The minister then directed officials to file a complaint against the trader.
Rai was produced before a magistrate and was released on bail on Monday. DK Shivakumar is now saying that it’s a conspiracy against him by BJP.
Following a fire that engulfed the Sharavathi generating station, the state has been facing a shortage of about 2500 MW of power. In addition, the Raichur Thermal Power Station has been suffering outages due to shortage of water.

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