With curfew imposed in the heart of Delhi to stop protests near the presidential palace, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal accused the government of waging "war" against the people.
With prohibitory orders imposed in parts of the city centre following unending protests in the wake of a 23-year-old woman's rape, Kejriwal told reporters: "This is illegitimate. How can they impose section 144?"
"If the government would have shown such resolve to deal with rapists, the situation would have been different. It seems the government is waging war against its own people."
Prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people have been imposed around parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan including India Gate area, Rajpath and Janpath.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi's residence on Janpath also saw protests over last few days.