Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina "undermined her status and office" by calling up Mamata Banerjee, victor of the election in India`s West Bengal state, a Dhaka daily said on Sunday.
New Age took exception to Hasina telephoning Mamata, "a chief minister-elect" of an Indian state.
Hasina`s "apparent euphoria" at the defeat of the Left Front in West Bengal "tends to betray her attitude towards Left politics in general".
That "should be an eye-opener for the Left-leaning parties" which are in the Awami League-led ruling alliance, it said.
The newspaper editorial criticised the Indian media for its `simplistic` conclusion that the communists were out of the power for good.
It said the Communist Party of India-Marxist had long ceased to be a communist party in the real sense, having made "a fundamental compromise on the ideological plain, manifested by apparently endless adjustment and accommodation, ultimately rendered it into a left-of-centre liberal democratic bourgeoisie, not an exponent of communism that it used to be".