An analysis of affidavits filed by 278 candidates contesting Lok Sabha polls in Punjab has revealed that 13% of them are facing criminal cases. Of the total 278 nominees across 13 constituencies in the state, 36 have cases registered against them.The number is lesser as compared to the national average. In the phase four of the Lok Sabha elections held across the country, 23% candidates declared criminal cases against them. It was 21% in the third phase while first and second phases had 17% and 16% such candidates.In Punjab, Ludhiana tops the list with six such candidates, followed by Khadoor Sahib (five), four each in Ferozepur and Sangrur, three each in Bathinda, Faridkot and Anandpur Sahib, two each in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur and one each in Patiala and Amritsar.All contestants in Jalandhar have a clean track record.Of the 10 candidates fielded by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), seven, including party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, have criminal cases registered against them. Sukhbir is facing three cases — alleged assault on public servant deterring him from discharging his duty, unlawful assembly, rioting, criminal intimidation and for blocking a national highway.Other six SAD candidates — Prem Singh Chandumajra from Anandpur Sahib, Parminder Singh Dhindsa from Sangrur, Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib, Surjit Singh Rakhra from Patiala, Darbara Singh Guru from Fatehgarh Sahib and Gulzar Singh Ranike from Faridkot — are facing a criminal case each.CONG’S BITTU FACING THREE CASESRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress nominee and sitting MP from Ludhiana, is the only nominee from his party who is facing three cases — two in Bathinda district for allegedly damaging articles at agriculture office and trying to take hostage the staff and third in Chandigarh for violating the order promulgated by district magistrate.LIP’S BAINS HAS EIGHT CASES AGAINST HIMLok Insaaf Party president Simarjeet Singh Bains, who is also contesting election from Ludhiana, is facing eight cases, including four of alleged criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty, attempt to murder and punishment for defamation.Punjab Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira has mentioned in his affidavit that he was summoned in an NDPS case by a Fazilka court but the Supreme Court stayed it.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Khadoor Sahib Manjinder Singh has been booked for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman. Party nominee from Hoshiarpur Dr Ravjot Singh is also facing a case under the National Highways Act and Anandpur Sahib candidate Narinder Singh has been booked in a cheque bounce case.The Ambedkar National Congress nominee from Ludhiana, Bintu Kumar Tank, is facing rape charges while Ravinderpal Singh, an independent from segment, who is famous as “baba ji burger wale”, is facing a case of abetment to suicide.Rajvir Kaur of the Hindustan Shakti Sena has been booked for cheating and human trafficking and independent Swaran Singh for graft.