Mumbai, Feb 1 (PTI) With 20 days to go for the crucial BMC polls, BJP today asked Shiv Sena to explain what it called a Rs 70,000-crore “mismatch” in the city civic body’s account books.

“There is no account of Rs 69,899.52 crore funds (spent by BMC) during 2007-12,” Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said.

“To which contractors were the bills given? Which works were carried out? In which Bandra (East) bank was the money deposited? The Shiv Sena leadership and BMC Standing Committee chairman should explain this,” Shelar said.

“The report on the basis of which Sena is patting itself on the back (a report in the Economic Survey yesterday) also shows that BMC has fallen to 50th spot in the world,” he said.

On the BMC standing committee today lauding the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Shelar said, “Those who were so far speaking against the Budget are now speaking in its favour.

This change is significant.”

Ruling alliance partners in the state, Sena and BJP failed to work out a tie-up for civic elections and are now contesting the polls separately.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.