After a fifth round of talks between the central government and farmers organizations fell through
on Saturday, farmers called for a nationwide Bharat bandh or general strike to occur on Tuesday, December 8. Initially proposed by farmers unions, a diverse and vast coalition of allies including trade and bank unions and heads of 14 opposition political parties from around the country voiced their support. The strike prompted Home Minister Amit Shah to agree to meet protest leaders
on Tuesday evening at his personal residence.