Should I use the word 'earlier' with simple past or present perfect in the following context?

  • It is clear that utilising the period of President's rule, the ruling party will indulge in all the methods in its arsenal to manufacture a majority for itself as it has done/did in several states earlier. This is yet another assault on the Constitution by this government.

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...as it has done in several states..... sounds better.

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